Police: Bayonne truck driver with $6,900 cash skips out on bridge toll


A Bayonne truck driver was caught driving through the city’s bridge toll into Staten Island on Saturday, despite the fact that he had $6,900 cash on him, police said.

Rene Prieto. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Rene Prieto. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rene Prieto, 37, of Bayonne, was charged with larceny and improper license plate display on Saturday around 3:15 p.m. after he was caught driving his grey 2007 Freightliner tractor and trailer through the Bayonne Bridge toll into State Island without paying, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

After he was arrested, it was learned he was in possession of $6,900 cash, authorities said.

Additionally, Prieto’s truck, which is owned by KTR Hauler in Perth Amboy, had an obscured license plate. As a result, the truck and trailer were impounded, officials said.

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  1. Why not put the REAL story in the headline? “Portly Prieto skips toll, says thousands were earmarked for blooming onions and blind prostitutes”