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Police: Truck Driver Used License Plate On Hinge In Attempt To Beat NJ Toll

Eric Bonhommer (credit: PAPD)

Eric Bonhommer (credit: PAPD)

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ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A truck driver has been arrested after Port Authority police said he used a license plate on a hinge to try to beat paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the Goethals Bridge.

An officer observed the front license plate on Eric Bonhommer’s truck swing up behind the bumper as the vehicle passed through the toll plaza on Thursday, police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

Police said the officer pulled over the truck and found the license plate was attached to a 12-foot string that snaked through the truck body to the driver’s compartment.

During an inspection of the truck, police said Bonhommer removed the string, destroying the contraption. Police said he then made statements that he pulled up the plate because he didn’t know the balance on his E-ZPass account.

The 33-year-old Westbury, N.Y., resident is charged with theft of service and tampering with evidence.

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