Mount Arlington police officer struck by car identified

MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ (Morris County) – Mount Arlington Police Sergeant James DiStasio was hit by a car in the area of 10 Howard Boulevard at 6:51 p.m. on Tuesday.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Sgt. DiStasio was involved in the routine investigation of an unrelated traffic incident at the time he was struck by the motor vehicle, according to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesman Peter DiGennaro.

Sgt. DiStasio was transported to Morristown Medical Center. No additional information will be released at this time, including the identity of any other persons involved and the extent of any injuries sustained by Sgt. DiStasio, as the investigation remains ongoing, DiGennaro said.

Borough of Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis said, “Officer DiStasio is a valued member of our Department and our Borough family. Please keep James in your thoughts and prayers at this time”

Howard Boulevard was closed between Interstate 80 and Seasons Dr. The roadway was reopened at around 10:00 p.m.

The crash is being investigated by the Mount Arlington Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office –
Major Crimes Unit.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

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