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Man caught with license plate flipper owes $5,400 in tolls, deputies say

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HOUSTON – Deputies arrested a man Thursday after they said he had been using a license plate flipper to attempt to dodge tollway cameras.

Preston Cody Talbot was arrested after he failed to pay a toll in the 8000 block of the North Sam Houston Parkway West.

As the investigation unfolded, officials said Talbot owed $5,473.07 in toll fares. 

“It was basically a wire that went through the trunk into where he had access to engage the device,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said.  

Thanks to technology, they were able to catch him.

“There was a pattern set up where we knew about the time of day he came through,” Herman said. 

In Texas, it’s a misdemeanor if you’re caught using a license plate flipper, punishable by a fine of no more than $200.

Talbot was taken into Harris County Jail and was released after posting $100 bond.


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