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Suspended New Milford driver involved in DWI crash with Garfield police

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

EXCLUSIVE: A New Milford woman driving with a suspended license was drunk when her car slammed into a Garfield police cruiser on Route 46 in South Hackensack overnight, authorities said this morning.

Both Keri Coleman and the officers — who’d been transporting a prisoner to the Bergen County Jail — were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

One of the officers sustained a minor head injury and the other declined treatment, Garfield Police Capt. Darren Sucorowski told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . The prisoner wasn’t injured.

Coleman, meanwhile, was kept overnight with injuries that Bergen County Police Department Capt. James Mullin said weren’t life-threatening.

Mullin said she had two passengers in the car, one of whom fled. They don’t face charges.

Records show Coleman was still awaiting the disposition of a case from a year ago next week out, in which she was charged with assaulting Lodi police and disorderly conduct. She’d been free on $5,000 bail.

Mullin said she made an illegal left off eastbound Route 46 onto Phillips Avenue just after 12:45 a.m. today, crashing her 2010 Nissan Maxima into the westbound 2012 Chevy police cruiser.

The BCPD charged her with three counts of assault by auto, DWI, making an improper left turn, failing to use her signals and driving while suspended.


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