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Driver charged with assaulting Fair Lawn police after overnight DWI crash

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An intoxicated, unlicensed South Hackensack man elbowed one Fair Lawn police officer and pushed another after pretending he wasn’t driving in an overnight crash that sent the other driver to the hospital, authorities said.

Anthony Cozzubbo, 29, told officers that a woman was driving his 2001 Ford Escape when it collided on Maple Avenue at River Road with a 206 Honda Civic just after 4:30 a.m., Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

The 24-year-old Honda driver was taken Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson with neck, back and arm injuries, Metzler said.

Cozzubbo, meanwhile, “tried to leave the scene but could not due to damage to his vehicle,” the sergeant said.

He was being questioned when he pushed Officer Luis Vasquez and elbowed Officer John Rovett, Metzler said. Officers took him into custody after a short struggle, he said.

Cozzubbo was later released on a court summons charging him with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, assault by auto, DWI, driving while suspended and leaving the scene of a crash.

Additional charges were pending, Metzler said.

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