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Florida Truck Driver Without Front Plate Charged at GWB Tollbooths

Port Authority officials allege the driver tried to pass through the George Washington Bridge’s main toll plaza Wednesday with no front license plate and an obscured rear plate.

Port Authority police arrested a Palm City, Florida man on toll evasion charges Wednesday at the George Washington Bridge because he allegedly had a missing front license plate, a bent and obscured rear plate and no E-ZPass tag, authorities said.

At 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Jason Malice of the Port Authority Police Department was on patrol at the main toll plaza of the bridge when he spotted a 1999 Volvo tractor-trailer with a missing front license plate, according to authorities.

“Upon further inspection, [Malice] found that the rear license plate on the truck was bent so E-ZPass cameras could not capture an image,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman, adding that the driver didn’t have an E-ZPass tag either.

The driver, Carlos H. Toledo, 31, was charged with theft of service, tampering with government documents and improper use of a cellphone, Coleman said.

It was the 69th arrest Port Authority police have made this year on toll evasion-related charges, according to Coleman, who previously told Patch that Port Authority police have been “cracking down on toll evasion this year.”

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