Police: Man arrested near Holland Tunnel again, still owes $10k in unpaid tolls


A Texas man was arrested near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City for the second time this year, still owing nearly $10,000 in unpaid tolls and fees, police said. Jonathan Laury

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jonathan Laury, 29, of Houston Texas, was charged with bail jumping yesterday, but also has an ongoing court case for theft of services, displaying false plates and traffic violations when he was arrested in February, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Paskovich was on duty at the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City and saw a suspect driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Am, officials said.

He saw the driver using a cell phone while driving the vehicle. The officer pulled Laury over, but he could not provide a driver’s license, claiming it had been stolen, authorities said.

Paskovich then performed a computer check which revealed an open warrant from Hudson County for the suspect. The suspect was placed under arrest and the vehicle was impounded, police said.

Further investigation by Port Authority police revealed that the suspect’s warrant was in fact associated with his arrest at the Holland Tunnel back in February of 2017.

At that time, Laury was arrested in the same car, after being pulled over and an investigation in showed that he had failed to pay tolls on 151 occasions spanning between May 22, 2016 and February 17, 2017, officials said.

Outstanding tolls and fees at that time totaled $9,850.00. At that time he was released and due back in court on March 3. He failed to appear, a warrant was issued and he was arrested again yesterday as the case is ongoing, authorities said.

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