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DWI BMW sideswipes Bergen County officer

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Bergen County police officer getting out of his patrol car during a Route 4 traffic stop in Paramus had to quickly jump back inside:

A BMW driven by an intoxicated motorist careened toward him and then sideswiped his vehicle, authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Police arrested the driver, 27-year-old Anthony T. Cinelli of Saddle Brook (mugshot above), after the 1:30 a.m. crash today.

Cinelli, a 2003 Paramus Catholic and 2007 University of Delaware graduate, is a bodybuilder who recently worked at his family’s Secaucus iron and metal business.He was charged with DWI and assault by auto.

The officer was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center but fortunately avoided serious injury, Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins said.

The officer had pulled over another motorist on the shoulder of Route 4 east near the River Edge border, with the patrol car’s emergency lights on, when he saw the BMW bearing down on him, Lt. James Mullin said.

His legs were whacked as the officer jumped back into his vehicle, Mullin said.

Higgins thanked Paramus police for assisting with the incident and during the subsequent investigation.

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