Deputy hospitalized after Newark chase

December 3, 2008 5:26:22 PM PST
A shotgun robbery in Newark turned into a wild pursuit and crash that left a sheriff's deputy in critical condition Wednesday.Newark police say they caught up with a suspect, identified as Waleed Dozier, after an alleged robbery, but lost him again during a chase. Police say the car, a Jeep Cherokee was located again near the Elizabeth-Newark border, and the chase was on.

Elizabeth and Hillside police were assisting in the chase when the Cherokee, traveling more than 100 miles per hour, crashed into an unmarked Union County Sheriff's car at the intersections of south Broad St. and Route's 1 & 9.

Authorities say 28-year-old Sheriff's Officer Chris Coon is in critical condition after he sustained life-threatening injuries from the accident.

Coon, a 10-year veteran of the force and the stepson of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, is in University Hopsital with facial lacerations, a collapsed lung and a broken tibula and fibula.

Police say 26-year-old Sheriff's Officer James Guerrant, who was riding with Coon at the time of the accident, was treated at Trinitas Hospital and released.

He has been with the department for five years.

One witness said he felt powerless to help.

"You see something like that, and you want to help, but there's nothing really you can do," he said.

The suspect was arrested at the scene. Two handguns and a shotgun were recovered in the car.

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