NEW YORK – A trucker rigged an inventive – but illegal – fishing line system that helped hide his license plate while passing through E-ZPass tolls, according to Port Authority Police Department Spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
Javier Marte, 41, of Yonkers, faces two counts – one for theft of services and another for tampering with public records – after authorities caught up to him at the George Washington Bridge toll lane in New Jersey.
Officer George Kwiecinski pulled Marte over after he spotted him in a white, 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer with an apparent missing front license plate, and the rear plate bent up.
On closer inspection, Kwiecinski saw that the front plate could be pulled up by fishing line that had been threaded into the cab, allowing Marte to pass security cameras without being identified, according to police.
Once past the tolls, Marte could drop let the license fall back into place.