A Newark man caught trying to beat a toll at the George Washington Bridge on Friday morning owes more than $44,000 in unpaid tolls, authorities said Saturday.
Antonio L. Laracuente, 37, was arrested Friday after a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer spotted him driving through the lower-level tolls of the bridge at 7:45 a.m. without paying, said Port Authority police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.
Pentangelo said Officer Colman O’Reilly, stationed at the toll plaza, watched as Laracuente drove his 2012 Honda Accord through the EZPass lanes and the signboard read “toll unpaid.”
After stopping the car, O’Reilly learned Laracuente had no valid driver’s license or an EZPass transponder or account, he said. A computer check showed that Laracuente’s license had been suspended and that he had an outstanding warrant from Clark, Pentangelo said.
He said Laracuente had racked up $44,445 in outstanding tolls and fees.
Laracuente was charged with theft of service, driving with a suspended license, toll evasion and traffic violations, Pentangelo said.