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LIE HOV driver caught with phony passenger, police say

A Miller Place woman driving with this phony

A Miller Place woman driving with this phony passenger in the high-occupancy vehicle lane on the Long Island Expressway was ticketed Thursday morning, July 21, 2016, Suffolk County police said. Credit: SCPD

A Miller Place woman created a dummy passenger out of clothing in an effort to drive the Long Island Expressway’s HOV lane during Thursday morning’s rush hour, Suffolk County police said.

Candace Breen-Warren, 61, accessorized her fake front-seat passenger with a Bronx Zoo baseball cap and briefcase, police said.

Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Spina was driving west on the LIE about 8:15 a.m. when, near Exit 51 in Dix Hills, he became suspicious of Breen-Warren’s “passenger,” police said.

Spina’s doubts were confirmed when he pulled over the vehicle, a 2011 Subaru Outback.

The driver was ticketed for violating high occupancy lane restrictions and driving an unregistered and uninspected vehicle, police said.

Breen-Warren could not be reached for comment Thursday.


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