New Jersey cop who overdosed in patrol car pleads guilty to heroin possession, gives up job, reports say
A New Jersey police officer arrested after suffering a heroin overdose in his patrol car as he worked a midnight shift has struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will cost him his job, according to reports.
Prosecutors said Franklin Township cop Matthew Ellery had to be revived by a colleague who found him unconscious and administered an antidote commonly known as Narcan, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.
Ellery, 29, was charged with heroin possession and driving while intoxicated after the April 7 incident and on Friday pleaded guilty in Somerset County Superior Court.
Matthew Ellery, 29, pleaded guilty Friday. (Somerset Couty Prosecutor’s Office)
“Matt Ellery is a wonderful young man who has a problem and we’re trying to do what’s needed so he resolves his problem and moves on with his life,” defense attorney Steven Altman told the Star-Ledger.
The paper reported that after the news broke last month about Ellery’s arrest, the Franklin Township Police Department’s two top cops abruptly announced their retirements.