UPDATE: An 18-year-old New York City resident busted after crashing a car stolen from a Paramus dealership at the George Washington Bridge has been arrested several times – and almost immediately released – after committing similar crimes.
New Jersey State Police were investigating Nyaomi James, who crashed a Mercedes stolen from a Paramus dealership Thursday night into four vehicles on the bridge while trying to flee, Daily Voice has learned.
James, who police say has family in Teaneck, was accused last month of stealing a $150,000 Land Rover from an Englewood Jaguar dealership several weeks earlier.
She was arrested on the charges in New York City and then sent to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, only to have a judge order her released the next day.
“She literally walked out of the jail and down the street into the Nissan dealership and stole a car out of their garage,” a senior law enforcement official told Daily Voice.
This time, authorities said, James stole an Infiniti from a Englewood dealership and drove it to the Paramus area.
She left it at the Barnes and Noble on southbound Route 17 Thursday night, went next door to Mercedes-Benz of Paramus and sped off in an unoccupied vehicle that was left running, they said.
Paramus police, using GPS, tracked the vehicle heading east on Route 4 and alerted Port Authority police.
Detectives in the area “observed and followed the vehicle through the toll lane with lights and siren,” Port Authority Spokeswoman Lenis Rodrigues said.
“The vehicle proceeded to drive around the detectives’ vehicle and head eastbound to the lower level of the GWB, where it crashed into four other vehicles stopped in traffic,” she said.
PAPD police took James into custody without incident, Rodrigues said. There were no reported injuries, she said.
Police sent James to the Bergen County Jail, only to have a judge again ordered her released less than 24 hours later.
Although records list her as a man, authorities said James told them that she identifies as a woman.
The new charges against her include endangerment, eluding and receiving stolen property.
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