Press Release – Accident Involving Police Vehicle
At 3:08pm today HPD responded to the intersection of North 6th Street and Columbia Street for a report of a two car personal injury accident involving a police vehicle. The call for assistance was made by Officer Jacob Hoffman, HPD’s School Resource Officer for the Hudson City School District.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a 2016 black Honda Accord operated by MONISH D PATEL, 18 years old of Hudson had struck Officer Hoffman’s assigned vehicle, a 2000 BMW sedan in the intersection. PATEL had a passenger, a 16 year old male resident of Hudson. PATEL complained of pain, but declined medical treatment at the scene. His passenger claimed no injury but is being evaluated at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH). Officer HOFFMAN sustained injuries and is currently being examined at CMH.
PATEL has been arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs and vehicle & traffic law violations. This matter is still under investigation. PATEL is currently being processed at HPD.
HPD is currently being assisted by Troopers from the SP Livingston Barracks.
“Officer Hoffman was driving the BMW “D.A.R.E.” vehicle that we had seized from a drug dealer. It appears the injuries are minor, and it certainly could have been worse.” Chief