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Driver Runs Down New Jersey Police Car, Officers Fire Back: Police

A driver suffering from gunshot wounds crashed more than a mile away after police said he sideswiped a New Jersey police officer and his cruiser overnight.

The incident began with a traffic stop at Chestnut & Walnut avenues in Trenton after 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, said Trenton Police Det. Lt. Steve Varn.

During the stop, the driver, identified by police as 23-year-old Jeremiah Sanchez, tried to run down the officers, striking an officer outside of his patrol vehicle. The officer was treated for a leg injury, his partner wasn't seriously hurt.

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The officers opened fire, striking Sanchez in his neck and arm, said police. Despite being shot, Sanchez fled the scene, said investigators.

Police found Sanchez— suffering from the bullet wounds — and his car about 1-1/2 miles away along E State Street in Hamilton Township. He had slammed into multiple parked cars before coming to a stop, said investigators.

Doctors treated Sanchez and he remained in Capital Health Medical Center - Fuld in stable condition Wednesday morning.

Varn didn't say if Sanchez was previously known to police.

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