Man Arrested Over $56K in Unpaid Tolls

Man arrested over $56K in unpaid tollsA New Jersey man was arrested Friday morning after he racked up more than $56,000 in unpaid toll fees, police said. (Credit: Facebook/Alesandel Rodriguez)

A 31-year-old New Jersey man was arrested last week after it was found he owed more than $56,000 in tolls from nearly 900 violations.

Police said patrol officers spotted 31-year-old Alesandel Rodriguez driving through one of the E-ZPass toll lanes on the George Washington Bridge in a 2014 Toyota Camry without any license plates. When he went through the toll, it came up as unpaid.

When police stopped him, Rodriguez showed a temporary license plate that had expired in December of last year, officials said.

Authorities said he drove through the tolls without paying on 888 occasions, adding up to $56,240 in unpaid fees.

The toll cheat was arrested and charged with theft of service and his vehicle was impounded.

The George Washington Bridge – known informally as the GW Bridge, the GWB, the GW, or the George – spans the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey. A toll is paid only when heading into New York. Westbound to New Jersey is always free.

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