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Clifton Detective Knocked Cold By Suspect Has Broken Collarbone, Concussion

Edward Davis / INSET: Tyler Lee
Edward Davis / INSET: Tyler Lee Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy CLIFTON PD

CLIFTON, N.J. -- A Clifton detective who was knocked cold by a North Carolina man helped subdue him after his partner tackled the fleeing suspect, authorities said Monday.

The detectives rolled up on 22-year-old Edward Davies as he smoked pot with two teens at Main and Highland avenues around 10:45 p.m. Friday, Lt. Robert Bracken told Daily Voice.

Davies, of Monroe, N.C., suddenly sucker-punched one of the detectives in the face, knocking him down, Bracken said.

The detective's head hit the pavement and he lost consciousness for a moment as Davies and 18-year-old Tyler Lee of Clifton fled, he said.

A 16-year-old boy, also from North Carolina, remained at the scene, the lieutenant said.

The detective's partner chased down and tackled Davies, who put up a fight, Bracken said.

The fallen officer regained consciousness and joined his partner in subduing and arresting Davies, he said

The cold-cocked officer was hospitalized with a broken collarbone, a concussion and a cut on his face, the lieutenant said. His partner was also hospitalized with a leg injury, he said.

A judge ordered that Davies remain held in the Passaic County Jail, given the particulars of the assault, under New Jersey's Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act of 2017.

Davies was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer causing bodily injury.

Both he and Lee were charged with resisting arrest and marijuana possession. Lee was released pending a hearing.

The teen was released on a delinquency complaint charging marijuana possession pending a hearing in the Family Division of Superior Court.

Both detectives remained out of work Monday, Bracken said.

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