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Work van stopped on turnpike after running up $1,100 toll bill

Two men were arrested after their vehicle was pulled over on Florida’s Turnpike for having more than $1,100 in toll violations.

Flavio Cesar Diaz Vazquez and Gustavo Diaz Leija
Flavio Cesar Diaz Vazquez and Gustavo Diaz Leija

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper headed north near mile marker 283 on Wednesday morning observed a white Chevy Express van with the right-rear door window broken out and several passengers in the cargo area. The trooper ran the tag number and found out a stop had been issued June 15 for toll violations. The vehicle owner owed E-PASS more than $200 and SunPass more than $900, according to the FHP report.

The driver of the van – 27-year-old Flavio Cesar Diaz Vazquez – told the trooper he did not speak English and didn’t have a driver’s license. The passenger and owner of the vehicle – 34-year-old Gustavo Diaz Leija – didn’t have a license, either. Both men are originally from Mexico and live in Orlando, the report said.

Diaz Vazquez was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, while Diaz Leija was charged with permitting an unauthorized person to drive. Both were taken to the Lake County Jail. Both men posted $1,000 bond and are due to appear in Lake County Court on Sept. 27.

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