Sirens & Gavels

Shady mannequin leads to car pool fine

This photo proivided by the Suffolk County, N.Y., Sheriff's Dept., Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010, shows a mannequin on the hood of one of their cruisers. A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway. An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the
This photo proivided by the Suffolk County, N.Y., Sheriff's Dept., Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010, shows a mannequin on the hood of one of their cruisers. A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway. An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The only problem: The sky was overcast. (AP Photo/Suffolk County Sheriff) (Associated Press)

ISLANDIA, N.Y. (AP) — The tipoff was the sunglasses.

A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway.

An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The only problem: The sky was overcast.

When he stopped the vehicle, he found the mannequin, fully dressed with a long dark wig, blazer, shirt and scarf.

The 61-year-old driver left with a summons, according to Suffolk County Sheriff's Deptartment.




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