A truck driver has been arrested after police said he rigged his truck with fishing line to hide his license plate as he drove through E-ZPass tolls without paying.
Javier Marte, 41, of Yonkers, now faces multiple charges after he was stopped by police on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday night, NJ.com has reported.
Around 7:15 p.m., an official spotted the suspect driving a tractor trailer with no front plate and the rear plate bent to avoid being readable by security cameras, according to ABC. When the E-ZPass sign indicated that he had not paid the toll, Marte was pulled over, and police discovered the fishing line.
“The vehicle’s front plate was rigged on a hinge with monofilament fishing line that ran into the cab and ended on the dash where the suspect could control it to conceal the plate [pull it up out of view], and then restore the plate into view after exiting the toll and security cameras,” a statement from police spokesman Joe Pentangelo was quoted by NJ.com.
Marte has been charged with theft of services and tampering with public records, according to ABC.
He has also been charged withpossession of burglary tools because he “used theline to facilitate the crime,” police said to NJ.com, which added that his toll at that hour for that truck would have been $126 without E-ZPass.