Man caught carpooling with wooden ‘passenger’ in HOV lane of Long Island Expressway: cops

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DIX HILLS, New York (PIX11) - After stopping the driver of a red pickup truck on the Long Island Expressway Friday morning, a an officer made a bizarre discovery in the passenger seat.

Police say James Campbell, 56, was using this fake passenger to drive in the HOV lane.  (Suffolk County Police Dept.)

Police say James Campbell, 56, was using this fake passenger to drive in the HOV lane. (Suffolk County Police Dept.)

Suffolk County Highway Patrol Officer Jonathan Abrams pulled over James Campbell, 56, of Brentwood, near Exit 51 in Dix Hills.  When Abrams asked him why he was speeding at 6:30 a.m. in the HOV lane, Campbell allegedly told the officer he didn't want to be late to his new job.

On closer inspection, Abrams noticed that the very still, hooded figure next to Campbell was actually made of plywood and was wearing a hooded Carhartt sweatshirt.

Campbell received summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.

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