NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove police officer has been honored for his “devotion to duty” after he was struck by a vehicle during an attempted traffic stop of a man who allegedly was trying to flee from police.
“Officer McCue, we commend you,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele addressed Officer James McCue on Thursday as he handed McCue a commendation during the district attorney’s annual law enforcement commendation ceremony.
McCue allegedly was struck by Dennis Lee Neulin, a 70-year-old Allentown man, during an 8:52 p.m. April 16, 2015, traffic altercation that began at High Street and Sunnyside Avenue in Lower Pottsgrove. Neulin was shot by McCue after the officer fired several shots at the vehicle that struck him, according to court documents.
“The driver suddenly pulled from where he was stopped, accelerated and drove directly toward Officer McCue as he stood in the roadway. Officer McCue retreated to avoid being struck by the BMW and, fearing for his life, fired his service weapon into the vehicle,” Steele said as he recounted the events for the 200 spectators who attended the commendation ceremony at the county courthouse.
“The driver continued toward Officer McCue, who then was trapped between his police vehicle and the approaching suspect vehicle. Officer McCue was struck and knocked to the ground by the fleeing BMW,” Steele alleged.
McCue was treated for multiple injuries at Reading Hospital after the incident, authorities said.
“Your devotion to duty is in the highest tradition of public service and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office,” Steele told McCue who was greeted with applause from spectators.
Neulin, who most recently underwent an evaluation to determine if he’s competent to participate in legal proceedings, is currently awaiting trial on charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and fleeing or eluding police in connection with the alleged incident. He remains in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.