Off-Duty Highland Park Officer Accused of Driving Drunk, Injuring Two in New Year’s Eve Crash

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced today that an off-duty police officer has been charged with causing an automobile crash that injured two others while he was driving under the influence of alcohol on New Years Eve.

According to authorities, police charged Norman E. Brown, 44, of Perth Amboy, on a summons with two counts of assault by auto in the third degree and driving while intoxicated after the Honda Accord he was driving crashed into another car and seriously injured two passengers.

Police said both passengers, a 19-year old from the Fords section of Woodbridge, and a 22-year old from Perth Amboy were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, one victim was airlifted to the hospital due to the severity of her injures.

A preliminary investigation determined that on December 31, 2017, at 1:42 a.m. the 2008 Honda Accord driven by Brown was coming off the exit ramp of Route 9 at the intersection of New Brunswick Avenue, went through a stop sign and crashed into a 2006 Honda Civic.

 The investigation is active and continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. James Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department at (732) 634-7700 or Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8842.
 
According to officials, Brown is scheduled to appear at Middlesex County Superior Court on March 1, 2018.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Brown are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.