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

Officer Keven Hendricks Injured in Incident Where He Was Allegedly Dragged From Vehicle Driven By Donnell Cook
Donnell Cook
Donnell Cook, 24, has been jailed in connection with the injuries suffered by Officer Keven Hendricks New Brunswick Police Dept.

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.”