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Man who hit officer in jail

Published January 16. 2012 05:03PM

The driver who struck a Jim Thorpe police officer while he was directing traffic at the scene of a disabled vehicle late last year was arrested Friday on multiple counts and placed in Carbon County prison.

State police at Lehighton said Robert Monroe, 51, of Albrightsville, was taken into custody at his residence on two felony warrants. He was transported to the office of District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, and arraigned on the various criminal counts.

Monroe was charged in connection with an incident that occurred about on Nov. 30, 2011 along SR209 in Nesquehoning, just near Jim Thorpe line.

Troopers said Jim Thorpe Officer Joseph David had responded to the area to assist Nesquehoning police, who were busy on another car. He was directing traffic in the northbound lane because of a disabled motorist on the southbound side of the road. Flares were lighted in both directions of the road and David's unmarked police cruiser had its emergency lights activated and was parked on the southbound side of the road.

David stood in the northbound lane directing traffic southbound when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Monroe, troopers said. David was injured and flown by Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and admitted with multiple injuries including a leg injury that required surgery.

In connection with the striking of the officer, troopers charged Monroe with one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI) and aggravated assault by vehicle, both felonies; also, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of DUI of both alcohol and a controlled substance, and summary counts of driving while operating privilege is suspended for revoked, required financial responsibility, careless driving and reckless driving. Bail on those charges was set at $50,000 straight cash.

He was also arrested as the result of search warrants that were served on his vehicle and at his residence. Charges stemming from those searches include one count each of copy recording devices and trademark counterfeiting, both felony threes. The searches were conducted on Dec. 2 and 3, troopers said. Bail was set at $25,000 straight cash.

Monroe was unable to post bail and was committed to the county prison in Nesquehoning, troopers added.

Investigating troopers are Kathleen Temarantz and Christopher Bonin.

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