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Wednesday, March 21 News

Couple switches seats after car crash

A couple was arrested Feb. 5 after switching seats following a two-car accident in New Canaan, police said.

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The driver, Tivon T. Taylor, 32, of 44 Eric St., Bridgeport, was arrested on charges of interfering with an officer and operating with a suspended license. The passenger, Chanel R. Angione, 33, of 261 Ely Ave., Norwalk, was arrested on a charge of interfering with an officer.

Police responded to the car accident at the Mobil gas station parking lot, 16 South Ave., at 4:48 p.m. Feb. 4, according to the report.

Taylor's vehicle, a 2000 Audi, was coming from Cherry Street when it collided with a 2003 Ford that was coming from South Avenue, police said. When the officer arrived at the scene, Angione was sitting on the driver's seat of the Audi saying she was driving the car, according to police.

The Audi sustained enough damage that it had to be towed, but no one was charged with any violations at that time, police said, because the accident happened on private property and the officer could not prove that any of the drivers was speeding.

Once the driver of the Ford, an 18-year-old youth, arrived home, he told his parents that when the crash happened, a male was on the driver's seat, not a female, police said. His parents decided to call the police the next day, according to the report.

Police then checked a surveillance video from the gas station, which showed Taylor exiting the car from the driver's seat immediately following the crash, police said. Once contacted by the officer, Angione admitted she sat on the driver's seat because she didn't want Taylor to get in trouble -- since his license had been suspended -- according to the report.

Angione and Taylor were released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 14.