Busted! HOV driver ticketed for using stuffed bear as passenger

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A 19-year-old Everett woman is now facing hundreds of dollars in fines for, among other things, trying to cheat traffic by driving in the HOV lane with a large stuffed bear as her "passenger."

A trooper clocked the woman driving 74 mph in the HOV lane on I-5 south in Lynnwood during Monday morning's commute, according to Trooper Mark Francis.

After the trooper pulled the woman over, she rolled down her heavily tinted window to reveal that what appeared to be her passenger was, instead, a large stuffed teddy bear.

"She said she didn't have any room in the back of her minivan for the bear," Francis said, detailing the woman's excuse for having the bear in the front seat. As for why she was in the HOV lane? Francis said she didn't give a reason, but, "she definitely knew she shouldn't be in the HOV lane."

The woman was given tickets for speeding, the HOV violation and not having auto insurance.

Added all up and she owes an $818 fine.

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