Charges pending against Howell man who collided with police officer
A Howell man may face multiple charges following a collision on Friday afternoon where he struck a police officer on Manassa Road near Norse Road.
Howell Police say that around 4:15 pm a 2016 gray Toyota Avalon operated by 62 year old Lawrence Cohen drove into oncoming traffic lane and struck a Howell Police vehicle head-on that was operated by Patrolman John Woolley.
Cohen sustained minor injuries to include a laceration to his face.
Patrolman Wooley sustained what Howell Police say appeared to be a significant injury to his foot and lacerations to his face.
Both men were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Friday folioing the accident for further evaluation.
This afternoon, Patrolman Woolley was released from the hospital.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation but police say that at a minimum, Cohen will be charged with Failure to Maintain a Lane.
Toxicology tests are pending and Cohen consented to having his blood drawn.
The investigation at this point has not revealed he was impaired from drugs or alcohol but Howell Police don't believe he was impaired at the time of the crash.
At the scene, police said he could not explain why he crossed into the oncoming traffic lane.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Patrolman Matthew Cherney of the Howell Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit at 732-938-4575, extension 2629.
"We thank those who came over from the reservoir to assist Mr. Cohen and Ptlm Woolley."
The Howell Twp Police, Howell Twp Police Department EMS Unit, Farmingdale First Aid Squad, MONOC Paramedics and the Squankum Fire Dept responded to the scene.
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