Motorist with 134 suspensions arrested in Elmont

A Bronx motorist who failed to signal when changing lanes was arrested in Elmont Monday when a trooper saw his license had been suspended 134 times, state police said.

Nathan Oates, 51, was driving a Ford eastbound on the Southern State Parkway about 1:15 a.m. when the trooper stopped him near Exit 13, Central Avenue, for not signaling, police said.

"He tells the trooper he's got a couple suspensions," said state police spokesman Frank Bandiero. "He didn't have his license and said it was suspended. He was off when he said a few times."


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Back in the police car, the trooper checked Oates' driving record and found his driving privilege had been suspended 134 times, police said.

Details on when the suspensions started were not immediately clear Monday, but at one point, when Oates had 111 suspensions, he ignored 28 court dates scheduled to address the license problem, Bandiero said.

Oates was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and failure to signal, a violation.

He was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $5,000 bond.

In May, a Roosevelt carpenter pulled over for a broken tail light was found with 201 driver's license suspensions.

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