Morris Prosecutor: Mt. Arlington Police Officer Struck by Motor Vehicle

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On Tuesday (Dec. 11), at about 6:51 p.m, Sgt. James DiStasio of the Borough of Mount Arlington Police Department was struck by a motor vehicle in the vicinity of 10 Howard Blvd.

Morris Prosecutor: Mt. Arlington Police Officer Struck by Motor Vehicle

The incident involved a single motor vehicle and remains under investigation.

Preliminary investigation has 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.  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.

This matter 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.

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.”

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.

Inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or

Update from Mount Arlington Police:

I would like to thank everyone for their support during this time. I know there is a need to update you all on Sgt. DiStasio's medical status but there is only so much that can be released. All I can say at this time is that MAPD officers and his mother are by his side and that every step along the way to this point has been positive. I will provide what I can as it develops.

The family and officers thank you for all of the food contributions. However, at this time it is starting to become very plentiful and we do not want to waste any of your kindness. We ask you to please turn your support to our family fundraising efforts.

Official t-shirt and fundraising efforts can be found on the Mt. Arlington FOP facebook page which is located at this link:

Thank you all again for your amazing support, it means the world to us and his family.

Chief Keith Licata & MAPD

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