- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities in New York say a woman has been ticketed for driving in a carpool lane with a fake passenger - who even had a briefcase.

The driver was pulled over during Thursday morning rush hour on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills. Suffolk County police say the woman was driving in a high-occupancy vehicle lane, which is restricted for travel during busy times unless a driver has a passenger.

Police say the dummy was made with a pile of clothes topped with a baseball hat.

The fake front seat passenger even had a briefcase.

However, the dummy was not wearing a seat belt in photos issued by police.

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