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VIDEO: Port Authority PD seizes tractor-trailer with toll-evading hydraulic bumper

Photo Credit: Maria D.L. Angeles

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST (VIDEO): In the span of five minutes this morning, Port Authority police at the George Washington Bridge stopped a man from jumping and arrested a tractor-trailer driver who they said tried to duck a toll with a hydraulic bumper that lifted to conceal its license plate from EZ Pass cameras.

The 34-year-old Cooper City, Florida man told officers who found him walking on the closed north walkway at 8:30 a.m. that “he was homeless, he was depressed and he came to the bridge to jump off,” the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

He was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Five minutes later, officers stopped the red, 1997 Peterbilt tractor and trailer in a toll lane after noticing the bumper “was hydraulically lifted to make the front license plate impossible to be viewed by EZPass cameras,” Pentangelo said.

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“The rear plate was also obscured with grease and unreadable,” he said.

Pablo Ortega, 45, of Ridgewood, Queens, “activated a black toggle switch positioned on the dashboard” to move the bumper.

He was charged with theft and tampering with public records.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy PAPD / CLIFFVIEW PILOT PHOTO: Maria D.L. Angeles

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