Houston man accused of using license plate flipper to avoid tolls

Houston man accused of using license plate flipper to avoid tolls

Preston Cody Talbot is accused of avoiding more than $5,400 in tolls on Houston highways.

HOUSTON — A Texas man is accused of using a license plate flipper that helped him avoid more than $5,400 in tolls, KTRK reported.

Preston Cody Talbot, 27, of Spring, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a criminal instrument, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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According to police, Talbot was stopped Thursday on the Sam Houston Tollway and was found with a license flipper, a plate cover designed to temporarily cover a license plate with a black sheet, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

Officials said Talbot avoided paying $5,473.07 in tolls, KRTK reported. That is the equivalent of navigating the entire Sam Houston Tollway more than 600 times, the Chronicle reported.

Talbot was released after posting a $100 bond, the newspaper reported.