Prison term for man who hurt NJ officer in crash

The News Leader

January 23, 2010 10:29:39 AM PST
A man who led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash that nearly killed a Union County Sheriff's officer is headed to state prison. Waleed Dozier of East Orange, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, was ordered Friday to serve a nine-year term.

Dozier drove off after police tried to stop him in December 2008 so they could question him about an armed robbery in Newark. He then drove at speeds of more than 100 mph before running a red light in Elizabeth and smashing into an unmarked squad car.

Sheriff's officer Christopher Coon was thrown from the vehicle and spent six weeks in a coma, while another officer had less serious injuries.

Investigators eventually determined Dozier didn't appear to be involved in the robbery. But his lawyer says Dozier panicked when officers approached with guns drawn.