MANAYUNK (WTXF/AP) - A Philadelphia police sergeant is recovering from some serious injuries after authorities say he was struck by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop.
It happened just before 1 a.m. Thursday in Manayunk, at the intersection of Main Street and Shurs Lane. Police say the sergeant was talking to an officer who was in a cruiser when the driver of a Toyota RAV4 hit him at a high rate of speed, damaged the cruiser and took off.
Authorities say the sergeant was thrown 15 feet into the air, and the impact knocked off his hat and shoes. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition with a broken collarbone; shoulder, arm, and knee injuries; and bruises. The police sergeant is identified as 5th District Sergeant, 55-year-old Joseph Cain Jr. a 26-year veteran of the Department
Investigators say a tow truck driver who happened to be in the area saw the crash and followed the 21-year-old driver. He called police, who stopped and arrested the man in Roxborough, near 400 Conarroe Street. Police say the vehicle had front-end damage.
According to police, Colin Murphy, 21, of Schwenksville, Pa, is charged with the following aggravated assault While DUI, criminal mischief, DUI and related offenses.