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Ex-cop charged in deadly crash says he spoke to God

Updated Friday, April 21, 2017 | 9:32 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The former New Jersey police officer accused of a drunken wrong-way crash that killed a fellow officer and another man says he's talked to God.

Pedro Abad told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2ou4eRA ) on Friday he was "literally declared dead and pronounced dead" after the 2015 crash on a Staten Island highway. Abad says "I've seen God. He's told me things."

He says he's been reciting Bible passages on his way into court each day because he hopes to help other people.

Prosecutors claim the former Linden officer drove the wrong way at 73 miles per hour (117 kilometers per hour) because of how much he had drunk.

The defense questions how a blood sample was obtained and says authorities can't prove intoxication.

Abad faces charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter.