Suffolk police said they ticketed a Centereach man Monday for driving in the HOV lane of the LIE with this mannequin in the passenger seat. Photo Credit: SCPD
To Suffolk cops, it was a dummy of an idea.
James Britt, 34, was driving in the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway Monday when Officer Andrew Spina noticed the passenger looked unreal — decked out in a cap and sunglasses with the sleeves of a sweatshirt tied around the mouth, Suffolk police said.
The passenger turned out to be a mannequin in Britt’s eastbound Saturn when Spina pulled the car over about 4 p.m. by Exit 51 in Dix Hills, police said.
The mannequin had a huge ear on one side and a major flap of fake skin, along with two water bottles secured by the mannequin’s arms and resting in its lap.
Britt, of Sunset Drive in Centereach, was issued a summons for HOV occupancy violations. He could not be immediately reached Monday night.