August 11, 2020
BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department announces that Jason Spencer, age – 34, of South Broad St. Trenton NJ was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after striking a Township officer with his vehicle and fleeing the scene.
This incident originated on 8/10/20 at 5:15 pm after Ptl. Joshua Gardner of the BTPD effectuated a motor vehicle stop of a tractor-trailer on Rising Sun Rd. in the area of the Petro Truck Stop. Once Ptl. Gardner received the truck driver’s credentials he began walking back to his patrol vehicle which was parked behind the tractor-trailer with its emergency lights activated. At that point a 2020 Buick Regal operated by Jason Spencer drove by him at a high rate of speed and its passenger side mirror struck Ptl. Gardner’s right forearm. Spencer did not stop after striking the officer and fled the scene. Ptl. Gardner quickly ran back to his patrol vehicle after being struck, pursued the Buick and apprehended Spencer without incident behind a warehouse on Hedding Rd. Spencer was then charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer along with violations of the NJ move over law, reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, leaving the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision and was committed to the Burlington County Jail.
Ptl. Gardner sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident and was treated at RWJ University Hospital Hamilton and released.
Chief Pesce releases the following statement: “This incident underscores the inherent risk our officers face on a daily basis while performing their duties. Ptl. Gardner could have been seriously or critically injured and this is a sobering reminder that all drivers must SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER when approaching an emergency vehicle.”
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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