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Passenger Grabs Wheel, Crashes Car On GWB, Police Charge

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FORT LEE, N.J. -- Two cars collided on the George Washington Bridge after a passenger grabbed the steering wheel of one of them during an argument with a female driver, authorities said.

Both Johengny Tavares, 28, of Lake Hiawatha and the driver, also 28, were taken with facial injuries to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center after the 11 p.m. crash Sunday on the bridge's upper level near New Jersey, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.

A judge later granted the woman a restraining order against Tavares, Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

The driver of the other car, a 2008 Toyota sedan, was treated at the scene for an ankle injury, he said.

Tavares was arguing with the Chrysler driver -- described by police as an aquaintance -- when he "seized the steering wheel and turned it, sending the Chrysler into the Toyota," Pentangelo said.

Tavares was later released pending a Nov. 3 first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on charges of assault by auto, harassment and criminal mischief.

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