Woman caught using mannequin passenger in HOV lane

February 3, 2010 7:57:11 AM PST
Police say a Mount Sinai woman was busted for driving with a female mannequin in her passenger's seat to use the Long Island Expressway's HOV lanes.Cops say they stopped 61-year-old K.A. Frascinella while in the HOV lanes in Suffolk County.

A Suffolk County Sheriff's officer said he became suspicious when he saw Frascinella's female passenger wearing sunglasses and using the visor on a cloudy day.

Closer inspection reveled the passenger was actually a fully dressed mannequin, wearing a long dark wig, blazer, shirt and scarf.

Frascinella was issued a traffic ticket for operating in the HOV lane without a passenger, which is a $135 fine plus two points.