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.