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Tailgating Cabbie Dodges Bridge Toll 3,000 Times: Prosecutors

04/19/2014 09:38 am ET | Updated Apr 19, 2014

He might have a future as a stunt driver.

A New York City taxi cab driver faces criminal charges after prosecutors allege he evaded tolls on the Robert F. Kennedy bridge more than 3,000 times, avoiding more than $28,240 in payments.

Rodolfo Sanchez is accused of tailgating other, paying drivers as they entered the bridge so he could pass the toll plaza before the gates dropped, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.

WCBS reports that the 69-year-old cabbie, who sneaked past tolls between August 2012 and April 2014, did it because he "needed the money for his family."

According to the New York Times, investigators honed in on Sanchez by way of an expired E-ZPass transmitter in his vehicle. They were then able to match Sanchez's car to footage of cabs dodging tolls on the bridge, and cross referenced that with cab company records of when the suspect was driving.

Sanchez is charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property charges, and could face up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

He was arraigned Thursday and released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in court May 22.

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