Branford Officers Injured When Driver Hits Cruiser: Police

Two Branford police officers were injured when a local man struck their cruiser on Thursday night and police said the driver who caused the crash was under the influence.

Officer Ryan Gotowala was driving and Officer Brett Johnson was a passenger in the cruiser, which was going through an intersection on North Main Street around 9 p.m., when Jeffrey Murchison, 59, of Branford, hit them, according to police.

Paramedics from the Branford Fire Department treated both officers at the scene and they were then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Murchison refused treatment at the scene, but he was transported to police headquarters and charged with operating while under the influence.

He was released on a written promise to appear and is due in New Haven Court on July 27.

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