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Hackensack driving school instructor battles carjacker

HERO: A Hackensack driving school instructor brushed off a violent carjacker as he attempted to pull another carjacker from his vehicle, authorities said.

Adult students were taking classes in the Stop & Shop parking lot on West Pleasantview Avenue when Isiah T. Pringle, 31, of Albany, approached one of the vehicles, Capt. Darrin DeWitt said.

Pringle opened the door and tried to get the driver out, who was strapped in with his seatbelt, he said.

Another driving instructor intervened and was hit by Pringle as he yelled at the woman to leave, the captain said.

“Pringle then grabbed a broomstick that had been placed in a traffic cone used for practice and struck the instructor several times in the head and body,” said DeWitt, the officer in charge of the department.

The instructor fought Pringle, got in his own car and drove off, DeWitt said. The hero then refused medical treatment, he said.

Lt. Michael Antista found Pringle a few blocks away and took him into custody.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Criminal Identification Office collected evidence.

Pringle remained in custody Monday at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, charged with two counts of first-degree carjacking and weapons possession.

An initial appearance at Hackensack Central Healing Court will take place and will determine whether he will remain imprisoned or released pending the outcome of the charges.

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