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New charges filed against woman who allegedly struck Port Authority Police Officer while under the influence

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Amandeep Tiwana

A Queens woman who critically injured a Port Authority Police Officer last week after striking him with her vehicle, as well as injuring two Jersey City Police Officers, has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and additional upgraded charges after her blood alcohol test determined she was allegedly over the legal limit.

On Tuesday, April 28, just after 12:30 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in which the driver, a 32-year-old New York woman, overturned her vehicle on eastbound Route 139 (depressed highway). The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries.

While Port Authority Police Officer Peter Siano III and three Jersey City Police Officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, 27-year-old Amandeep Tiwana of Flushing NY – who was heading eastbound on Route 139 – allegedly struck the median divider, a JCPD radio car, and also Officer Siano causing serious bodily injuries.

Tiwana was arrested without incident just after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, in Harrison, New Jersey, by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit and officers from the Harrison Police Department.

Tiwana was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. She also received upgraded charges from fourth degree Assault by Auto, which she was charged with on April 29,  to second degree Assault by Auto.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Unit investigators also allege that Tiwana was traveling “at an excessive rate of speed,” according to the press release, and she has additionally been charged with multiple motor vehicle offenses, including reckless driving, speeding, unsafe lane change, failure to obey traffic restrictions during emergency conditions, disregard of officers directing traffic, and committing a disorderly act during an emergency.

Siano remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center.

Both Jersey City Police Officers were treated at Jersey City Medical Center for minor injuries.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will be moving to detain Tiwana on the upgraded charges.

The above charges are merely accusations. Tiwana is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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