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.”