Police: Officer escapes injury when alleged drunken driver hits cruiser during traffic stop

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NEPTUNE CITY, New Jersey — A police officer escaped injury when an alleged drunken driver sideswiped his parked cruiser.

Neptune City authorities tell the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1s9UdVn ) that Patrolman Thomas Holmstedt had stopped another vehicle shortly before the crash occurred around 2:50 a.m. Friday. At the time, he was sitting in the cruiser and its emergency lights were flashing.

Authorities say 24-year-old Amber Bellaus of Raritan was driving the car that hit Holmstedt's cruiser. They say she didn't stop at the scene, but the officer pursued the vehicle and stopped it a short time later.

Bellaus was charged with drunken driving and received several motor vehicle tickets. A telephone number for Bellaus could not be located Friday, and it was not known if she had retained a lawyer.

Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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