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Car Pool Mannequin: Woman Caught Using Dummy As Her 'Plus One' In HOV Lane

02/ 4/10 05:58 AM ET   AP

Car Pool Mannequin

ISLANDIA, N.Y. — The tip-off was the sunglasses.

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

An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious this week when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The 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.

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