Injured Police Officer Released From RWJ as NBPD Announces Serious Charges Against Franklin Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A seven-year veteran of the city's police force has been treated and released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital following a harrowing experience.

Officer Keven M. Hendricks was identified as the victim of the alleged "assault by auto," having been dragged from a vehicle by 24-year-old Somerset resident Donnell Cook for roughly 50 feet.

Cook eventually crashed into a parked car and, according to police radio transmissions, he was captured in an apartment in building 8 of the New Brunswick Apartments, located at 33 Commercial Avenue.

The charges against Cook were announced earlier today by authorities:

  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (2 counts)
  • Attempt to Disarm Police Officer
  • Assault by Auto
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Hindering Apprehension
  • Resisting Arrest by Flight
  • Driving under the Influence
  • Refusing to Submit to Breathalyzer Test
  • Reckless Driving

 According to a statement by Police Director Anthony Caputo, Cook is being held on $150,000 bail with no 10% option.

“Officer Hendricks’ exceptional performance was a prime example of the types of situations our officers face while serving our community,” said Mayor Jim Cahill.

“We all wish him a fast recovery and note the sacrifice his family has made, as all families in law enforcement may be called on to make at a moment’s notice.”

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