CHP nabs motorist who hatched plan to avoid tolls using sticker from chicken wing package

A motorist ran afoul of the law this week when he used a sticker from a pound of teriyaki chicken wings he had purchased at Safeway to cover his license plate to avoid paying a freeway toll in Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The tricky move was enough to ruffle some feathers at the CHP, which posted photos of the sticker on the license plate to its Facebook page, saying the incident falls in the “we couldn’t even make this up” category.

A sergeant made the discovery about 8 p.m. Tuesday after pulling over a white Ford Mustang traveling south on the 101 Freeway near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The sergeant had noticed the car’s license plate was partially covered.


Motorists often try to avoid paying tolls on the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge by shielding their license plates from view, according to the CHP.

“Well, sure enough the driver had used his receipt from a pound of teriyaki chicken wings he had bought at Safeway earlier in the day, ripped it in half and used it to cover two digits of both the front and rear plate,” the CHP wrote.

The car was impounded, and the motorist was cited on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and having an obstructed license plate.

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