A Pennsylvania woman is facing criminal charges for not paying to drive on the PA turnpike.
The criminal complaint filed recently says that Lori Yearick didn’t pay for more than 1,600 trips between the Harrisburg East and the Mechanicsburg interchanges, Lancaster Online reported. The trip is only 11 miles and costs $1.74 each way for users of E-ZPass. Yearick now owes the state nearly $92,000 in unpaid tolls and fees that accumulated for not paying.
Yearick will face a judge next week on a felony charge of theft of services. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yearick’s unpaid tolls total nearly $26,000 of the $92,000 balance. The rest of what she owes, about $66,000, comes from the fees associated with nonpayment.
Her lawyer told the Wall Street Journal that he is reviewing the evidence in his client’s case but told the paper, “Certainly if they can prove she in fact did this, we want to make sure the turnpike is made whole. We also have to make sure her ability to repay is going to be taken into consideration.”