The Port Authority of New York police arrested a New Jersey resident for eluding the state’s toll collection system over 900 times, racking up over 800 violations and $56,240 dollars worth of unpaid tolls and late fees.
Alesandel Rodriguez, 31, of Teaneck, New Jersey, had his car stopped by police at 10:30 am on Saturday on the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York to New Jersey.
Rodriguez tried to drive through the EZ-Pass lane toll and it failed to charge his car, attracting the attention of the police.
The EZ-Pass system allows drivers to attach a small device to the windshield of their car that will automatically charge you the toll fee of any bridges or roadways that have tolls in New York and New Jersey. It was implemented to help alleviate the insane amount of congestion during rush hour at the many bridges and tunnels in the New York Metropolitan area.
Rodriguez’s 2014 Toyota had a missing front plate and an expired temporary rear New York plate.
Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the police department, said, “In the back windshield of the car he had a New York license tag that expired on Dec. 15.”
Pentangelo said, “After doing a records check on Rodriguez, the officers learned Rodriguez’s EZPass accounts had been revoked and that he had 888 violations in the EZPass system. In all, Rodriguez owes $56,240 in tolls and fees over five years.”
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with theft of service, as well as issued several traffic summonses.
Pentangelo added, “His car was also impounded.”
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