Saturday, February 28, 2015

Riverside Officer Struck and Injured by Fleeing Vehicle

On 2/28/15 at 0103 hours Riverside Township Police received a call for a suspicious vehicle parked in the Riverside Township Elementary School parking lot at 120 East Washington St.
Upon arrival officers made contact with two occupants in the vehicle, a male in the driver’s seat later found to be a Brandon Belton age 23 of Willingboro NJ, and a female in the front passenger seat know to be Bonnie Manning age 39 of Riverside NJ. 
Upon making contact with the driver he became uncooperative and refused to show the officer his hands. The driver of the vehicle shifted the vehicle into drive and accelerated at a high rate of speed.  
The initial officer on location, Sgt. Amaya Urtasun, a 16 year veteran of Riverside Township Police Department was at the driver’s side door when the vehicle accelerated and struck Sgt. Urtasun. Sgt. Urtasun was drug approximately 30-40 feet, the vehicle swerved in the direction of a parked car. Sgt. Urtasun struck the parked vehicle and was thrown to the ground. The suspect vehicle came to rest as it collided head on with a Riverside Township Police patrol vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the exit of the school parking lot. That police vehicle was not occupied at the time of the impact.   
Both suspects were removed from the car and taken into custody without incident. An unknown amount of suspected Marijuana was observed in plain view in the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pending further investigation.
Sgt. Urtasun sustained knee and abdominal injuries. She was transported to Cooper Hospital Camden for treatment.
Both suspected are facing charges for Trespassing, Obstruction of the Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on a police officer, Criminal Attempted Manslaughter, Assault by Auto and drug charges. Both subjects were committed to the Burlington County Jail pending a court appearance. 
 Additional charges are pending. 
Brandon Belton

Bonnie Manning

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