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PAPD: Bogota, Rochelle Park Motorcyclists Caught Trying To Cheat GWB Tolls

Axel Jimenez, Steven Velez
Axel Jimenez, Steven Velez Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PAPD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Toll-evading motorcyclists from Bogota and Rochelle Park were stopped at the GWB in separate morning incidents less than 20 minutes apart, authorities said Wednesday.

Port Authority police officers at the lower level tolls stopped Axel Jimenez, 27, of Rochelle Park at 7:36 a.m. Monday after he rode his 2014 Yamaha through an E-ZPass lane, the authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.

The cycle didn't have a license plate and Jimenez didn't have E-ZPass, he said.

Back at the lower level, PAPD police stopped 27-year-old Steven Velez of Bogota at 7:54 a.m. after he tried to beat the tolls on a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle, Pentangelo said.

"The license plate of the Suzuki was bent upwards, so as to defeat the E-ZPass camera," he said.

Velez didn't have a license or transponder.

Both he and Jimenez were charged with theft of services and toll evasion.

Velez also was charged with not having a license and Jimenez without having a license plate.

Port Authority police weren't finished, however. A half-hour after the first incident, a  motorist with a history of traffic trouble got more at the GWB:


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