A man is accused of putting his car in reverse and backing up into a Port Authority police officer’s vehicle, injuring the officer who was attempting to pull the suspect over for driving erratically, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Robert J. Musso, 57, of Point Pleasant, was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, driving while intoxicated, possession of controlled dangerous substance (Xanax) in a motor vehicle and reckless driving, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
At about 11:15 a.m. yesterday, a Port Authority police officer on patrol near the Holland Tunnel received a report of an erratic driver heading towards Jersey City, officials said.
Police followed the 2014 black Chevrolet driven by the suspect as he passed the intersection of 14th Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, authorities said.
The officer activated their overhead lights at that intersection and attempted to pull over Musso, who continued on to 139 West bound ramp where the suspect came to a stop at the shoulder of the road, police said.
Musso’s car was then driven in reverse right into the Port Authority police car. The force of the impact pushed the police car backward, injuring the officer who was taken by ambulance to the Jersey City Medical Center – where the officer was treated and released later, officials said.
Additional Port Authority police officers then responded to the scene and interviewed the suspect, who reportedly had a strong smell of alcohol on him, as well as bloodshot, watery eyes, authorities said.
During a field sobriety test, Musso started to fall and was caught by a police officer before hitting the ground. The suspect was then placed under arrest, police said.
Inside Musso’s automobile several pill bottles were discovered, including an unlabeled pill bottle containing Xanax. According to the breathalyzer reading, the suspect had a blood alcohol content of over .20 percent, two-and-half-times the legal limit, officials said.