Trucker Used James Bond-Like Device To Beat Tolls, Police Say

flipping license plate toll boothSemitrucks are hardly the stealthiest of vehicles, so making an 18-wheeler disappear can be quite the trick.

But that's exactly what a Virginia man allegedly did -- at least to the eyes of electronic toll cameras on the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York -- by using a cable mechanism to make his truck's front license plate invisible.

Officials have charged the driver of a big rig with three violations for allegedly trying to dodge the $65 bridge toll as he hauled a load of iron pipes north on Interstate 95 in the E-Z Pass Lane, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The incident in question took place Saturday at around 6:30 a.m., when a Port Authority police officer reported witnessing the plate disappear and reappear.

According to police, Nelson Vaquiz, 36, a self-employed truck owner, was then pulled over and officers discovered a cable that ran from the truck cab to the license plate, enabling the plate to disappear.

"There was a cable in his front cab to retract the front plate," an unnamed source told the Post. "Once he's past the security cameras, he drops the plate back down."

The truck's rear license plate was bent to obscure it from cameras, also preventing detection, sources said.

Vaquiz was charged with theft of service, possession of burglar tools and eluding, the newspaper reported, noting that his Peterbilt tractor-trailer was impounded.

The Post, citing public records, also reported that Vaquiz has an extensive record of driving violations, including speeding, keeping a radar detector and operating an uninspected vehicle, among others.

Vaquiz's device could be modeled on one used by James Bond, the savvy fictional English spy who drove an Aston Martin DB5 with a revolving license plate, featured primarily in the 1964 movie "Goldfinger."

Unknown is whether Vaquiz's truck cab was equipped with another device featured in Bond's car: a passenger seat capable of ejecting unwanted passengers.



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Ghetto Cat

Probably more like 'James Blob' and he needed that extra money fer sammiches.

October 15 2011 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lynette

AOL stinks nowdays. Click thumbs up and it marks thumbs down or nothing at all. 'Claims' of other violations yet every 4-wheeler out there speeds, uses radar detectors, and I doubt 1 out of 1000 ever walks around their vehicle to do even a visual 'inspection.'

October 15 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J.J.

He has an extensive record of violations. Why is he still driving and possibly being a danger to others. Is the law too busy to get these people off the road?

October 15 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bryee5

I drive a Big Truck over the "GW' about twice a week, and i would like to see what they do with all the toll money. If you go Northbound, you'll lose your teeth if you go over 45mph in the middle lane. If you need to get in the EZ pass lanes from the North bound express lanes, you have to climb a helluva hill and fight your way to the left. I remember the good ole day when you were able to use the lower level too. I always try to get on and off that rock before the sun rises.

October 15 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sweet bitch

Without Trucks..America would stop. Good for him and I wish he never got caught! It's not like they use them tolls to fix the roads and bridges like they claim.

October 15 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
LL

THESE DAYS - People will do whatever they gotta do to survive HELL on wheels in a world ready to go down for good !

October 15 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lukedude27

Back in my younger wilder days my friend had a car that had the fuel filler under the lisence plate. He would go to the pump and fill his tank. leave the lisence plate down so the clerk couldnt see it. Once down the road he had a string that he would pull and the plate would return to its normal position. He did that over and over. In those days they did'nt have to pre pay for gas.

October 15 2011 at 6:28 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
atrk4u

I WAS GOING TO TRY THE SAME THING. THE TRUCKER IS NOT THE CRIMINAL HERE, IT'S THE CROOKS CHARGING $ 65.00 TO CROSS THE BRIDGE ! I HOPE HE COMES UP WITH ANOTHER WAY TO BEAT THE SYSTEM. I WOULD BET THAT THE GUY WORKING AT THE TOLL BOOTH MAKES MORE THAN THE GUY WHO OWNS AND DRIVES THE TRUCK.

October 15 2011 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LL

AMEN

October 15 2011 at 6:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ROY

good for him, that was a good idea but at least wait until outta sight to put your tag back down, i agree that there is no road that is worth $65.00, it goes to show who pays for the roads out here. "THE AMERICAN TRUCKER" WITHOUT TRUCKS AMERICAN STOPS

October 15 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tndsims

they should only charge a toll to get out of that cesspool I bet people would gladly pay then

October 15 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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