Woman angry about long lines assaults MVC worker, cops say

A woman angry about long lines at a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office smashed computer equipment, assaulted two staffers and kicked police officers as they tried to arrest her, authorities said.

Shawna Joseph, 28, of Jersey City, was told to leave the MVC office in Bayonne around 2 p.m. Tuesday after she became irate over the length of the line of customers, authorities said. She then returned about two hours later and caused another disturbance.

When she was confronted during the second incident, Joseph pushed the office manager and began breaking computer equipment, authorities said, eventually causing $23,000 in damage overall.

The manager and a security guard then struggled to remove Joseph from the office and she repeatedly punched both of them, authorities said. Police soon arrived and, as they and the security guard tried to restrain Joseph, she repeatedly kicked the officers while they attempted to handcuff her, authorities said.

Joseph was later found to have a PCP-laced marijuana cigarette in her possession, authorities said, She was charged with criminal mischief, drug possession, aggravated assault and hindering apprehension.

It wasn't known Wednesday if Joseph has retained an attorney.

The office manager suffered an undisclosed injury in the struggle and was treated at a hospital.


Get breaking news alerts in the FOX5NY News app. It is FREE!

Download for iOS or Android