Off-duty cop was drunk in New Year's Eve crash that hurt 2, officials say


A Highland Park police officer has been charged with drunk driving in an off-duty crash on New Year’s Eve that sent two to the hospital, authorities said. 

Norman Brown, 44, of Perth Amboy, was charged Wednesday with two counts of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a release. 

Brown allegedly ran a stop sign coming off the exit ramp of Route 9 in Woodbridge and crashed into a car at the intersection of New Brunswick Avenue at 1:42 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017, the release said. 

Both passengers in the car that was hit — a 19-year-old from Woodbridge and a 22-year-old from Perth Amboy — were taken to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick after the crash. The extent of their injuries was unclear, however, one had to be airlifted due to the severity of her injuries, according to authorities. 

Brown’s status on the Highland Park police department was not immediately known. Calls to the department were not returned. A 12-year veteran of the force, Brown has an annual salary of $112,355, according to state pension records. 

The officer is scheduled to appear on the summons in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick on March 1. 

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with information can call 732-634-7700 or 732-745-8842.

Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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