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Pennsylvania Woman Convicted of Aggravated Assault After Leaving West Orange Nightclub


WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Charlene Cook, 24, of Emmaus, Pa., was convicted on Feb. 6 of Aggravated Assault, after leaving a West Orange nightclub and hitting her boyfriend with her car during an argument.

According to Essex County Prosecutor Michael Morris, on Nov. 20, 2011, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Cook, her boyfriend, and his sister left a West Orange nightclub when they got into an argument.

Cook was driving the vehicle and her boyfriend was the front seat passenger, while his sister sat in the back. Near an office building in the 500 Block of Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove, Cook pulled over and scratched her boyfriend in the face.

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He exited the vehicle to get away from her and the defendant drove 20 feet up a hill to hit him with her 2007 Hyundai. He sustained a compound fracture of his right leg, breaking both the the tibia and fibula. The injury was severe enough that the bones broke through the victim's skin. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson and underwent emergency surgery.

“This defendant was in the throes of a murderous rage and she gave into it,’’ said Morris. "We thought it was important to press this case."

Cook is scheduled for sentencing on March 14 and faces three to five years in prison.



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