Police: Woman arrested outside of Lincoln Tunnel for owing $17,500 in tolls

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A woman was arrested outside of the Lincoln Tunnel early this morning for driving through an EZPass without paying, causing police to discover she owed over $17,500 in unpaid tolls, police said. Tara Paczkowski

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Tara Paczkowski, 33, of Old Bridge, was charged with theft of service and theft by unlawful taking, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, Paczkowski was seen by Port Authority police at the Lincoln Tunnel driving a 2014 Nissan east bound in a marked EZPass lane, officials said.

The suspect was pulled over for a toll violation after she passed through the EZPass lane without paying. Paczkowski did not have an EZPass account and police learned that she incurred violations amounting to over $17,500.00 in unpaid tolls and fees in 270 instances, authorities said.

As a result, the Nissan was impounded and the suspect was arrested, police said.

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