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Police: Trucker Bent Up License Plate To Avoid $13K In Tolls


Port Authority police nabbed a New Jersey trucker who they say bent up his license plate to avoid paying thousands of dollars worth of tolls.

Port Authority Police Spot Unreadable Plate On Truck

According to reports, 44 year old truck driver Melvin Ralph was crossing the Goethals Bridge to Staten Island this week when a police officer noticed that his truck’s license plate was unreadable. After pulling Ralph over, police saw that the front plate was bent up and loosely tied to the front grill with wire. The trailer had a different license plate that was not registered to the truck.

Truck Driver Had Over $13K In Unpaid Tolls

Police say that Ralph was using a revoked E-ZPass device. They found that he had 71 toll violations and had racked up $13,649.25 in unpaid tolls. They also discovered that his driver’s license was suspended.

Ralph’s truck was impounded and he was charged with larceny,  aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The New York Daily News


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