Long Island woman pulled over for driving in HOV lane with phony passenger

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Candice Breen-Warren, 61,  was pulled over for driving with a phony passenger –– made up of a pile of clothes and a baseball hat. (Photo: Suffolk County Police Department)

Candice Breen-Warren, 61, was pulled over for driving with a phony passenger –– made up of a pile of clothes and a baseball hat. (Photo: Suffolk County Police Department)

DIX HILLS, N.Y. – A Long Island woman riding along the westbound Long Island Expressway received multiple tickets after she was pulled over for driving with a phony passenger in the HOV lane, police said.

Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Spina of Suffolk County was traveling on the left lane of the Long Island Expressway, near Exit 51, when he became suspicious of the front seat passenger in a 2011 Subaru Outback in the HOV lane, according to police.

Spina pulled over the vehicle, he saw that the driver Candice Breen-Warren had piled clothing, topped by a baseball hat, and a briefcase in the passenger seat in an attempt to resemble a person, police said.

Breen-Warren, 61, was issued summonses for the HOV occupancy violation in addition to driving an unregistered and uninspected vehicle.