Police: Newark man arrested in Jersey City for owing $3k in unpaid tolls


A Newark man was arrested just before entering the Holland Tunnel through Jersey City after police discovered he owed over $3,000 in unpaid tolls, officials said. 

Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hanif Gibbs, 31, of Newark, was charged with theft of services, bail jumping and traffic violations, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At 9 a.m. this morning, a Port Authority police officer was on patrol at the Jersey City side of the Holland Tunnel and saw Gibbs driving a 2002 Infinity sedan while using his cell phone, authorities said.

Gibbs then drove through the EZ Pass lane without a visible EZ Pass device. The “toll unpaid” violation sign appeared as he continued through the lane, police said.

The suspect was then stopped by police and a check with the EZ Pass administration showed that Gibbs owed $3,072.00 in violations and fees, officials said.

Gibbs’ vehicle was also past due for an inspection, who also had an active warrant out of Springfield for $300.00 and another one out of Irvington for $229, authorities said.

The suspect was placed under arrest, later stating he did not own an EZ Pass device before he was taken to Hudson County Jail in Kearny, police said.

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