Lodi teacher who injured officer in alleged drunk driving crash due in court

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Monday, January 12, 2015

LODI, N.J. (WABC) -- A New Jersey teacher accused in a drunk driving crash that injured a police officer is due in next Wednesday after a planned hearing Monday was rescheduled.

Michael Ettz is under indictment on aggravated assault and other charges for the April incident on Route 46 in Lodi.

Prosecutors say Ettz, a teacher at Lodi High School, left Bergen County police officer Daniel Breslin with a fractured skull and other injuries after hitting Breslin's cruiser.

Around 1:50 a.m. near Summit Avenue, Breslin was pulled over in his cruiser alongside the other officer's car, assisting him with a broken radio, when his car was rear-ended by Ettz's vehicle.

Breslin, 39, needed surgery and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission confirms that Ettz had his license suspended on Nov. 19, 2012, for a previous conviction for operating under the influence.

Published reports say Ettz has been offered a plea deal that would involve a seven-year prison term.