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New Jersey Teacher Accused In Drunk Driving Crash Due In Court

Date: January 29, 2015

WABC told that a North Jersey teacher charged with DUI for an accident that critically injured a Bergen County police officer is due in court.

Michael Ettz, who is a Lodi High School math teacher, was offered a plea deal in the month of November for the accident that happened in the month of April on Route 46 due to which officer Daniel Breslin was hospitalized for nearly 4 months.

Breslin was stopped on the shoulder of Route 46 westbound helping another officer when Ettz crashed into the back of the officer’s patrol car, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Ettz then escaped the accident spot.

Ettz, who was also track coach, is charged with assault, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

In October, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Under the proposed plea deal, he will serve a prison term of 7 years.

Ettz was suspended from high school without pay in the month of August after the grand jury indictments.

The 39-year-old officer and father of 2 children suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs among other life-threatening injuries in the accident. According to a report by Record, Breslin was release from the hospital in the month of August but is still in the recovery process.

The State records showed that Ettz previously had his license suspended for driving under the influence.

News Source: 7Online.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.