A Massachusetts trooper saw a cardboard license plate on the back of a vehicle as it traveled down the highway and had no choice but to signal the driver to pull to the side of the road. The driver turned out to be a 20-year-old woman with a suspended driver’s license and an apparent penchant for homemade cardboard license plates. Her name is Jahanna Baez-Rodriguez. The surprised Massachusetts trooper didn’t have any trouble differentiating the poorly constructed arts and crafts project from the real thing. In this case, the counterfeit was definitely an example of shoddy workmanship.
The cardboard license plate incident in Chicopee went down on the morning of Tuesday, September 2, on Interstate 391 northbound just before 7:30 a.m, reported MassLive. It was a clear and sunny day when a Massachusetts trooper spotted the strange problem with the car driven by Baez-Rodriguez.
The fake plate was scrawled on a white rectangle using blue and red markers. The crafty driver had scribbled the abbreviation for the month of August in the upper left corner. The name of the state was sloppily printed across the top of the cardboard license plate primarily in uppercase letters. The creator of the number plate used three lowercase letters in random locations when spelling “Massachusetts.” “The Spirit of America” was hastily written across the bottom of the plate.
“AUG,” “MASSACHuSEttS,” and “The Spirit of America” were inked in blue. The license plate number was inked in red. The creative driver selected the number 76PH66 for her creation. The would-be artist faces charges of driving with a suspended license and attaching false plates, reported Consumerist. Baez-Rodriguez has received a summons to appear in court on charges stemming from the incident.
Anyone convicted of attaching false number plates to a motor vehicle in Massachusetts “shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than ten days, or both,” according to Chapter 90, section 23 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Rhode Island state troopers were called upon to assist after a Garda armored truck crashed and overturned, spilling bags of loot on the roadway. Traffic was diverted while the wayward cash was rounded up and loaded into a second Garda vehicle as state police guarded the scene.
Fortunately for the imaginative driver of the car with the cardboard license plate, the Massachusetts trooper did not place her under arrest.
[Image via Massachusetts State Police]