DUI, Aggravated Assault Charges for Philadelphia Man in Hit-Run of Police Officer

A Northeast Philadelphia man is facing aggravated assault and drunken-driving charges in connection with a hit-and-run last month that left a SEPTA police officer badly injured.

Police said on Thursday that Jeffrey Soder, 34, of Kraydor Street near Ditman in Holmesburg, was driving a Saturn sedan under the influence about 3 p.m. May 22 when he struck SEPTA Office Gary Miller as Miller jogged at Rowland Avenue and Chippendale Street in Mayfair.

Miller, 44, hit the car's windshield and then landed in the street. He was critically injured and has undergone a number of surgeries since the incident.

Police said Accident Investigation Division officers identified Soder as the driver after some digging and arrested Soder on Wednesday. Soder faces charges including aggravated assault, DUI, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, driving without a license and related offenses.

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