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Unlicensed Driver, 18, Crashes While Driving Wrong Way in New York City

Updated On 09 May, 2019 Published On

An unlicensed Bronx man, namely Jorje Beato, drove his father's car in the wrong way inside the Queens-Midtown Tunnel in New York City and crashed into an Uber driver last month, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, May 8.

The 18-year-old boy, who was driving a black Jeep Patriot with only a learner’s permit, was reportedly high on cocaine and marijuana.

He smashed through a barrier and entered the wrong side of the tunnel at approx. 1:30 a.m. on April 28.

Jorje was driving at the speed of 60 mph when he crashed into the white Toyota Highlander car of Zafar Iqbal about a half mile into the tube.

He then ran from the wreckage and pointed a gun at an approaching police officer. The officer arrested the suspect after he realized that Jorje was holding only a cellphone.

He was charged with reckless driving, marijuana possession, drug possession, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and fleeing the scene of an accident with injuries.

The Uber driver and his passenger were rushed to a hospital with neck and back injuries. They were treated and are since being released.

Zafar, 37, who is a father of two said,

I don‘t know how this guy got into the tunnel. They need more protection for that. It’s very dangerous, it’s a nightmare for me.

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