Florida Truck Driver Charged at GWB With Toll Evasion

Port Authority officials allege the driver “defaced” his license plate in an alleged attempt to skirt the toll at the George Washington Bridge.

A Florida truck driver was charged Wednesday in connection with allegedly trying to evade tolls at the George Washington Bridge, Port Authority officials said.

Port Authority police officer Christopher Terranova was stationed at the main toll plaza of the bridge’s upper level at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, when he noticed a Peterbuilt truck with a license plate that had allegedly been altered, officials said.

The truck’s actual Florida plate was ‘657 1Cl’ but had been changed to ‘657 1CT.’ In other words, the ‘I’ had been changed to a ‘T,’ said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman.

“When the truck driver was pulled over, he told our officers that he just drove the entire length of the NJ Turnpike without paying any tolls and intended to evade the toll at the GWB until he saw [Terranova] at the last minute and moved to a cash lane,” Coleman said.

The driver, Magdiel Millar, 29, of Hialeah, Florida, was charged with tampering with public records in connection with allegedly “defacing the license plate,” according to Coleman.

"We have records of [Millar] evading tolls on three prior occasions – one in 2010 and two in 2012," Coleman said. "The total owed from all three offenses is $148. However, since he has been using an altered plate, we have been unable to tie any subsequent toll evasion to him since the plate he was using is fictitious."

Art Elmers October 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Wow. $148 for unlimited travel on our toll roads. Let's face it, we don't know how many times this driver got through with out being caught. He will probably get off with a slap on the wrist and look at it as just the cost of doing business. And then be back on the road doing it again. My faith in the judical system in NJ is just about zero. Mark my words, we will never hear the outcome of these charges or if we do they will be settled for pennies. Makes you wonder if you are a fool for doing the right thing and paying the tolls.
Rona October 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
If the Port Authority wasn't so poorly run the tolls wouldn't need to be this high and people wouldn't resort to this type of stuff. People are stretched to the limits and this is just some of the breakage.
Art Elmers October 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Rona, let me get this right, since the tolls are so high it is ok for an out of state trucker to steal from the rest of us by not paying those tolls. According to that logic, I can stop paying my income tax because I disagree with part of those taxes going to pay for the education of illegal aliens or corporate welfare or anything else I don't like. I have to go now and call my employer and ask for them to stop withholding income tax from my paycheck.
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