New Jersey Man Arrested After $115,000 in Toll Evasions

He committed more than 850 violations in two years.

New Jersey Toll evader
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A New Jersey man was arrested last week after not paying tolls for more than two years. After amassing more than 850 violations, which totaled more than $115,000, Port Authority police spotted Spiridon Fragoulias going through a toll at the Goethals Bridge in Staten Island the E-ZPass lane. Aware his E-ZPass account was suspended, Fragoulis was detained then arrested.

An odd and grammatically-lacking Facebook post from the New Jersey State Police about the arrest went live yesterday. It begins, “Have you ever been on one of our beautiful highways and realized you forgot your EZ-Pass [sic] or did not have enough money for the toll? So you went through the toll and thought you will pay the bill later when you get it in the mail. This might have happened to you once or twice but for Spiridon Fragoulias, 45, of Colts Neck it must have been #Groundhogday”

After that great use of #Groundhogday – anytime a policing agency can refer to a Bill Murray movie is a win – the post concludes noting that Fragoulias “now knows you can run but you cannot hide from the toll keepers.” He’s currently in jail with a bail fee of $50,000. Would’ve been cheaper to just pay the $36,256 in actual owed tolls.

We can't help but be reminded of the guy back in March who tried to get past paying tolls at the George Washington Bridge by attaching fishing line to his truck's license plate. At least that fellow was creative in his criminal actions.