By Charlotte Alter
February 27, 2015

A Long Island man was able to drive in the carpool lane Friday morning by allegedly putting a sweatshirt on a wooden dummy– until police pulled him over for speeding.

James Campbell, 56, was issued two tickets after police found him driving in the high-occupancy-vehicle lane of the Long Island Expressway with a crude wooden dummy shaped like a human. He was pulled over for speeding Friday morning, and told the officer he was trying to get to a new job on time.

The dummy was a wooden board with a “head” attached, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Sounds like a genius plan.

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