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State police spot driver with manikin in HOV lane

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The manikin head state police spotted in the HOV lane in Quincy Thursday morning. The manikin head state police spotted in the HOV lane in Quincy Thursday morning.
QUINCY, MA (WSHM) -

Some folks will do anything to be on time, but authorities are always watching.

A state trooper patrolling on motorcycle in Quincy spotted a driver enter the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane while traveling with what appeared to be a manikin in his front seat, according to a news release sent to CBS 3 from the state police media relations office.

The trooper spotted the counterfeit passenger about 6:30 a.m. Thursday while patrolling Interstate 93 and subsequently initiated a traffic stop. The trooper saw that the driver had propped a manikin head up on a work jacket in an attempt to create an illusion of a true passenger, police said.

The driver was issued a citation for operating on an excluded way. In order to legally use the HOV lane, a driver must have at least one passenger. 

"The purpose of the HOV lane is to alleviate the number of cars on the roadway during the morning and evening commute times," the news release stated. "This is accomplished by encouraging carpooling."

John Carnell, the investigating trooper, has a history of spotting fakes in the HOV lane. In April 2013, Trooper Carnell stopped a vehicle and discovered that a woman had placed a full size doll in a car seat in an effort to pass the doll off as an actual passenger. That driver was also cited.

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