Newark Man Pleads Guilty In Case That Injured Sheriff’s Deputy

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ELIZABETH—Waleed Dozier, the Newark man who rammed his vehicle into a police car last year seriously injuring a sheriff’s officer pled guilty to crash-related charges Monday morning, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

On Dec. 2, 2008 Dozier was behind the wheel of a Jeep when Newark Police officers attempted to pull him over. Dozier fled the scene, leading officers on a chase through Newark, Hillside and eventually into Elizabeth, where the jeep crashed into the unmarked cruiser at the intersection of Routes 1&9 and South Broad Street, said Assistant Prosecutor Doreen Yanik, who handled the case.

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Officer Chris Coon was seriously injured in the accident. His partner James Guerrant, was also injured. Dozier was arrested a short distance from the scene of the crash.

On Oct. 19, Dozier, 32, pled guilty to the following: two counts of second degree aggravated assault and one count of second degree eluding. Dozier could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced on Dec. 18 before Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.


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