A woman who critically injured a Port Authority police officer in a crash last week has been charged with driving while intoxicated, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Amandeep Tiwana, 27, of Flushing, New York, was arrested without incident just after 8:30 a.m. yesterday in Harrison by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit and officers from the Harrison Police Department, Suarez said in a statement.
Tiwana has now been charged with driving while intoxicated after her blood alcohol test determined that she was over the legal limit, authorities said.
Additionally, Tiwana was charged last week with fourth-degree assault by auto and that charge has now been upgraded to a second degree crime.
In addition to being over the legal alcohol limit, Hudson County Regional Collision Unit investigators believe Tiwana was traveling at an excessive rate of speed.
Tiwana has also 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.
The Port Authority Police Officer, Peter Siano, III, remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at the Jersey City Medical Center. Both Jersey City Police Officers were treated at the Jersey City Medical Center for minor injuries.
On Tuesday, April 28th, 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).
As a result, the driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries.
While Siano and three Jersey City police officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, Tiwana – who was heading eastbound on Route 139 – struck the median divider, struck a JCPD radio car, and also struck Siano – causing serious bodily injuries.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will be moving to detain Tiwana on the upgraded charges, officials said.