Tyngsboro Officer Hurt When Cruiser Struck
TYNGSBORO -- A police officer was injured on Saturday morning when the car he stopped backed into his cruiser, police said.
Officer Daniel Campbell, two weeks out of the police academy, was taken to Lowell General Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.
In a release, Police Chief Richard Howe said the incident began when Campbell stopped a speeding BMW sedan on Pawtucket Boulevard at 5:53 a.m. The BMW pulled into a driveway, and as the officer stopped his cruiser behind it the driver reversed the car and struck the cruiser, Howe said.
Campbell confronted the suspects at gunpoint as other police officers rushed to assist, Howe said.
The driver, Camilo Cruz, 27, of Newton was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (vehicle), assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction of property and negligent operation of a motor vehicle
One of two passengers, Jose Reyes, 49, of Roxbury was arrested and held on warrants out of Boston Municipal Court for larceny and Roxbury District Court for drug possession.
Howe praised Campbell’s professionalism and restraint.
“The rigorous and effective academy training programs were on full display this morning, but at the end of the day, it was Officer Campbell himself, with less than a month as a full-time officer, who remained calm and used restraint in the face of an imminent threat,” Howe said. “As a result, a dangerous incident was resolved without further escalation.”
Cruz and Reyes are being held pending arraignment Monday in Lowell District Court.
The police cruiser, a 2018 Dodge Charger, was totaled in the crash.