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Jersey City cop is struck by car; woman named Tequila charged with drunken driving

Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 3:10 PM Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 5:46 PM By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

Jersey City Police Officer John Edward Ransom is seen getting a hug from his children, Jonathan, 5, and Arianna, 6, after receiving the John M. Sheyka Memorial Police Officer of the Year Award in June 2008. Ransom was struck by an alleged drunken driver last night.

A Jersey City woman named "Tequila" has been charged with slamming her car into a police officer while driving drunk and the officer, who was thrown by the impact, suffered a severe concussion and other injuries, officials said.

"She risked a police officer's life and child's life and no one can do that," Police Chief Tom Comey said of Tequila Robinson, 28, of Bostwick Avenue, whose 7-year-old daughter was a passenger in her car and was not in a child seat.

Robinson was charged in the 5:59 p.m. incident last night at Virginia Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard where West District Officer John Ransom, 43, was struck and suffered a concussion, a cut on his forehead requiring stitches, bruising and swelling to his right thigh, and abrasion on his left shin, reports said.

At the Jersey City Medical Center emergency room, Ransom was delirious and asking "Why am I here. What happened?" reports said.

When Robinson made her first appearance on the charges in Central Judicial Processing court today she was told the charges against her include knowingly leaving the scene of an accident, assault by auto, endangering the welfare of a child, child neglect and driving while intoxicated.

She was also issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, unrestrained child, failure to obey traffic signals, failure to report a crash, and failure to inspect vehicle, reports said.

Ransom and his partner were responding to a burglar alarm and had to parked at the end of a driveway due to piles of snow in the street, reports said. Ransom had to walk into the street and around the back of the police car to get to the sidewalk on the other side but once in the street he was struck by Robinson's red Honda Accord and thrown into the air, reports said.

Two people witnessed the crash that shattered the Honda's windshield, left its side view mirror dangling and caused dents in the right front door, reports said.

The Honda slowed but then accelerated through a red light and fled, but police scouring the area spotted it at Jackson and Clinton avenues, reports said.

After pulling the vehicle over police found the unrestrained child in the back seat, reports said, adding that a Breathalyzer test revealed Robinson blood alcohol level was .13. The legal limit for driving is .08.

While appearing in CJP court via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny, the US Postal Service employee said "I did not purposefully hit him and my daughter was not in the car at the time. I picked her up after."

CJP Judge Richard Nieto told Robinson she faces up to five years in prison and advised her to remain silent. She did.

Ransom was named police officer of the year in 2008. Comey called him "a proactive cop that cares for the community," and said "we are grateful he was not seriously injured."

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