2 cops, 2 residents hurt in traffic stop crash

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2 cops, 2 residents hurt in traffic stop crash

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PINE BEACH, N.J. (AP) - Two southern New Jersey police officers and two other people were injured when a car crashed into a parked police cruiser during a motor vehicle stop.

Ocean County prosecutors say the accident occurred around 11:35 p.m. Friday in Pine Beach, shortly after borough officer Jesse Urban stopped a car on a Route 9. Another Pine Beach officer, Robert King, soon arrived at the scene and parked his cruiser behind Urban's vehicle.

A short time later, a sport utility vehicle driven by 43-year-old Jeffrey Carstens of Belmar entered the shoulder and struck King's cruiser, pushing it into Urban's vehicle. King was in his cruiser at the time, while Urban was outside his and was thrown about 20 feet by the impact.

Authorities say charges are pending, but the investigation is ongoing.

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