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Jeep Wrangler Crashes Into Parked Police Car

While conducting a traffic stop, a Manchester police car was struck by a Jeep Wrangler on Route 70

A Brick woman was charged after her Jeep Wrangler overturned when it crashed into a parked Manchester police car east of the intersection of Routes 70 and 539 at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Manchester Patrolman Adam Guker, 32, was conducting a traffic stop and had just returned to his patrol car when the Jeep, being driven by Aphrodite Rakos, 25, from Brick, struck the rear of the car, police said. The impact caused the Jeep to ride up the side of the patrol car and proceeded to overturn, coming to a rest on the driver’s side in the opposite lane of travel, police said.

The vehicle that Guker had pulled over for a motor vehicle violation was not involved in the accident, police said.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the collision and both Guker and Rakos were transported to a local hospital for evaluation, police said.

Rakos has been charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, as well as other motor vehicle violations, police said.

Route 70 was closed for several hours in the area while police investigated the crash. Patrolman Antonio Ellis of the department's Traffic Safety Section and Patrolman Paul Bachovchin are continuing the investigation. 

Also assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Quality Medical Transport, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit and New Jersey Department of Transportation Emergency Diversion Unit.

Niki Glidden June 19, 2012 at 04:03 AM
@nobodyspecial. Clearly I showed you an article that said alleged because it IS ALLEGED. She was not breathalyzed and on the 17th when this article was written the blood test results weren't back and you can be damn sure If they were the " Manchester patch " wouldn't be on the list of receiving parties. You realize that when someone is charged with something it doesn't make them guilty right?! You do get what the purpose of court rooms, judges, and juries are? She is NOT guilty until proven otherwise. Accidents happen and I'm willing to bet all you people have been in a few of them and/or gotten some tickets for traffic violations. I'm sorry we all aren't as perfect as yourself. We'll try harder. I may not know everything but I understand the concept of our legal system. I'm bored with this and all the tired points you people make.
Niki Glidden June 19, 2012 at 04:03 AM
FACTS: 1) She was NOT breathalyzed. 2) She fell asleep. 3) the charges are just that. CHARGES NOT CONVICTIONS 4) i would cry less about the pennies of your tax money that go toward the cop car and cry more about the way your taxes are wasted on bs like 10,000k for a phone line in a government building. 5) This article is just what someone slapped together based on what little information they were given. It's not based on all the facts so don't treat it like it is. 6) most importantly we are ALL HUMAN and until you can stand up and say you have never made a bad decision or perhaps thought you were less tired than you turned out to be then I would calm down.
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 04:18 AM
@ms glidden u r correct. She wasn't given the breathalyzer test , they took blood at the hospital. Manchester has 30 days to investigate and write tickets. It's traffic court. There is no jury. Just u Ur lawyer and the judge and the cop she almost killed. How old was she ? 25 and u don't know how tired u r ? Wtf maybe when I was 17
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Where was she commin from again ? The patch doesn't say. Or where was she goin at 4am ? Patch says she lives in brick and was goin west on 70
Niki Glidden June 19, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I DIDNT say she was gonna get a jury omg. I was just stating different parts of the justice system. I think I'm aware of how it works. I don't see how its your business where she was going, but she doesn't live in Brick. Oh wow yet another thing the Patch didn't get right. Clearly they don't have their story straight on many different things.
Niki Glidden June 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Gregory Kyriakakis 10:36 pm on Monday, June 18, 2012 According to police, Rakos was charged with DUI. That does not mean that she is guilty of the offense. Police said that her blood was drawn at the hospital to be tested. ^^ He's the editor of THIS article and even he says it doesn't mean she's guilty.
Niki Glidden June 19, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I'd also like to point out for the people saying they're upset cause their tax dollars have to fix the cop car. Um that's what car insurance is for. Her insurance will repair the car. So calm down about your taxes. It's nice that people get into a car accident where they could have been hurt and you're worried about how much it will cost you.
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Officer is still hurting. http://manchester-nj.patch.com/articles/police-unsure-if-officer-involved-in-sunday-crash-will-work-wednesday-shift
Bored June 19, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I really wouldn't need an article to tell me that people involved in a car accident are still sore a couple days later. Maybe you can let me know more obvious and common sense information. Start your own tabloid. Call it "Stuff Everyone Already Knows".
Ashley seaman June 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Clearly we all read this stuff so we don't need you to inform us!!
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Well since u people clearly know everything then as u can see in she is still charged with DUI. Not sleeping behind the wheel
Donna Griffin June 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Ms. Rakos' friends on this thread really need to take a deep breath. Your defense of this young woman is so intense that it makes me even more suspicious of her actions. Additionally, your arguments lead me to think that you are equally young, naive and without concern for the aftermath of the crash. If she was drunk or tired, it was her fault. The car was parked and she ran into it. She needs to own it, put on her big girl pants and take responsibility. Her friends need to understand that they were not there, did not witness the event and be mature enough to consider the possibility that this woman exercised poor judgement and in so doing nearly killed someone.
. June 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
You are so right. I too lost a cousin and her little boy to a drunk driver one Christmas Eve. Her other boy had two broken legs and two broken arms, but survived. The drunk had not a scratch on him from crossing over the line and hitting them head on.
gurl June 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Very well said, Donna.
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Well said Donna
Angie June 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
WOW lady jump off ur high horseee... give me a break u people are sooo caught up with ur ignorance... ur telling us that we are making her look more guilty because were defending her to worthless people like urself that make it seem like u people are PERFECT we are on here trying to make ur unwanted comments to stop.. and we all said it was her fault and bad choice on her part so what part are u trying to prove? that u sit here and judge people u dont know because u have nothing better to do with ur time but to run ur mouth? were saying that this article isnt all true and that u guys dont know what happened... so maybe instead of telling us to wait for all the facts to come back maybe u should wait as well and learn to keep ur thoughts to urself cause no one cares what u think on this and just so u know she DIDNT kill anyone so stop saying she could have cause she DIDNT!!!!!!!!!
nobodyspecial June 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Its freedom of speech and y would the patch put a comment section if they didn't want comments.
Bored June 19, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The fact you're now calling it more suspicious like there's some sort of conspiracy now only further proves that you're bored soccer moms sitting around watching CSI marathons all day. Heaven forbid people see someone they care about getting trash talked by a bunch of people who don't have a damn clue what happened. You point out we weren't there, well princess neither were you. If you read the other article about this it says BLOOD WAS DRAWN FOR TESTING! There is no proof she was drunk. If you ask any police officer they will tell you in those type of accidents if someone had a drink even if it were hours earlier they will charge and run blood tests. All we were doing was trying to INFORM you people who were so clearly confused by bad information. NO ONE took away from the fact an officer was in that car. We are all relieved everyone is unharmed. You don't know Amanda and you don't know if she has taken accountability for what happened which she has. Her insurance will repair or replace the car, pay the officers bills, and she is completely devastated. It was AN ACCIDENT NOTHING MORE. If you're so offended by people defending a friend whose being wrongly trash talked then obviously you have no clue what friendship means and I feel sorry for your friends (if you have any) . ALL of us are done writing on here and will no longer be responding to you're BS. So go back to your TV dramas and soap operas. Have a nice day!
Bored June 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
and yes Angie she should get off her "high horse" or whatever it is that's up her..... I mean that she's sitting on....
Bored June 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It's Greek. Lack of Culture + Lack of Education = Ray
gurl June 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Being friends with this woman does not make you any more qualified to have an opinion on the situation than any of the rest of us. You were not at the scene and neither were we. You are basing your opinions off of what she told you. We are basing ours off of the media articles. There is no need to try to prove you are right and we are wrong. It will be decided in court. Why don't you save your energy till the court date when you can go sit with her as she tries to explain her actions there....I'm sure the judge will be very sympathetic to her story.
gurl June 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
And by the way...if you take a moment to think logically about the crash as it is described....falling asleep at the wheel doesn't make any sense. People who nod off at the wheel crash into something shortly after shutting their eyes....wouldn't you agree? She would have had to shut her eyes long enough before the crash to have been far enough back to have not seen the flashing bright lights. Those lights can be seen from.a great distance on an empty road at 3am. She would have had to nod off a mile or two before coming upon the cop in order for her to not have seen it.....and if that were the case, she would have veered off the road long before getting to the cop.
jackie June 19, 2012 at 06:54 PM
i am appalled at how many people who are still judging and talking so little of a HUMAN BEING that they have no connection too, days later of the incident. Your going to tell me none of you have left somewhere and felt wide a wake and then all of a sudden it hit you? BS! well wake up call people most..MOST accidents are caused within a 5 mile radius of a persons home, and guess what she wasnt even that far, So please spare all of your bs for the birds bc no ones gives a crap of how perfect you are, how you would handle it, what should or shouldnt have happened. Because it did happen, they are both a live, well and breathing. Thats ALL that SHOULD matter. As for your taxes and what not, dont you people work? Have families, lives? so why are you bothering on bashing a girl when oh i dont know maybe go do work and make some money so you can pay your taxes. Not for nothing if she was not given a breathalyzer and results were not received from blood work yet, your all complaing, whining, and bashing for what? exactly nothing besides a what if. and that what if did not happen THANK GOD. so please continue on with your lives and let everyone else move on with theirs.
i don't get it?? June 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM
...and yet again you defend the person responsible for causing the accident and bash the people that YOU DON'T KNOW...as I stated in an earlier post, if you were her real friends, your time would probably be better spent caring for her instead of defending a situation that you are not entirely certain of, and arguing with people who are stating THEIR OPINIONS AND FEELINGS...if we aren't all worth it, STOP TALKING and don't give anyone a new reason to accuse you or your friend of anything until the facts have been proven...although I'm not a SOCCER MOM WATCHING CSI MARATHONS, I am another person who has to share the road with irresponsible people no matter how old, and I'm getting very sick & tired of having to be worried for my own safety let alone that of my family and friends because people have no regard to anyone else around them...so Bored, when you grow up, have a family of your own, I hope to God or whoever else that you are not on the receiving end of a police notification...there are no high horses being ridden, just people who are sick and tired of defending the victims who are not around to defend themselves.
barbara June 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Well said, Donna, and seriously, getting tired of reading these comments. She was at fault, she caused it. Glad the officer is ok, think he needs to take a week or so off to recuperate physically and mentally. She needs to live with what she caused. Could have been worse. Hope this is a lesson to her her well learned.......
gurl June 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Really??Deleting comments?? Why even have a comment section then....just report the news and leave it at that.
jenny June 20, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Why so much arguing about this story? Car crashes happen every day. This is only making news because she hit a cop car.
Elena June 21, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Everyone, friend or not, should wait for the facts. The people fighting against here on this board are judging her on alleged offenses. So I agree with you, keep your mouth shut. Your banter is not going to make a difference in the world. Keep your lives safe, and that is all that matters. People are so easy to judge when they are not the ones who were caught. I am willing to bet everyone posting here has got behind the wheel of their car with some ammount of alcohol in their system. So maybe you were lucky and nothing happened to you. We live and we learn. Fortuantely, Aphrodite has lived to tell her story and help keep others safe. Please stop making rude comments, and worry about your own lives. If this is what your life has succomb to, commenting negatively on "patch" comment boards, then I suggest you reevaluate your lives. Everyone writing here is lucky enough to be alive, and wake up each morning. Be grateful for that. I do not think that replacing one patrol car will impact what we already pay in tax money. If you think so, then you must not understand government finances. Their are larger issues in this world that we can refelct, and debate upon.
kw21 June 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I agree completely. If she hit anyone else it wouldnt have been a problem but because she accidentally hit a cop car its all over the news. how do you think she feels? theres more things to worry about in the world then one girl who accidentally fell asleep and hit a cop car. accidents happen every day granted she should have been more careful but none of you know her so for you all to judge her and wrote false accusations about her on the internet is ridiculous. what if that was your daughter or niece anyone in your family and you had to read this about them TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT move on and worry about your own lives she will be fine and so will the cop.
knarfie August 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM
you mean their


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