Houston police arrested a man who avoided paying nearly $ 5,500 toll on Houston highways with an illegal "registration pinball machine".
Preston Talbot, 27, of Houston, was arrested Thursday for avoiding a toll on the Sam Houston Expressway and charged with misdemeanor, the police said.
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"He would activate this device by putting a fin in front of his license plate, so that the cameras of the toll stations could not read his plate," Herman Herman, Constable of Harris County, told KHOU-TV. .
The device that Talbot is accused of installing in his car worked at the touch of a button, reported the station.
Herman said Talbot owed $ 5,473 in unpaid tolls.
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The devices are advertised online but are illegal in Texas.
"Obviously, it was a stupid mistake," said Talbot's mother, Becki Morgan.
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"I have a Texas label on my car and I do everything legally," Morgan said. "I'm not interested in shorting the system and I did not know my son was."