N.Y. Woman Arrested For Homemade License Plate


A New York woman was arrested after being caught by police driving with a fake, cardboard license plate.

Springville, New York, police first noticed the plate while on patrol March 2. The car was being driven by 28-year-old Amanda Schweickert, who only appeared to have a back license plate.

The back plate, however, was a hand-drawn imitation that was made to look like a New York state plate, WIVB reported. Officers pulled Schweickert over and arrested her, charging her with one felony count of possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license as well as three other traffic infractions.

"In case you are wondering, homemade cardboard license plates are NOT legal," the sheriff's office wrote on their Facebook page alongside photos of the plates, according to New York Daily News. Viewers on the social media site were thoroughly amused at the situation.

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"Can you tell me how you did NOT laugh when pulling this individual over?" one person wrote. "This made my morning!"

"I am going to make you a Vermont plate out of maple syrup and bacon," another added.

Schweickert was brought to Erie County Holding Center on $400 bail.

In 2015, a Queens, New York, man was arrested for driving with a back license plate that "had not been issued by a government agency, and appeared to have been fabricated by defendant Bey using cardboard and crayons," DNA Info reported.

The man, 50-year-old Ben Bey, created the plate with his picture on it and phrases that included "Lord Noble Ben Bey" and "Supreme Law Of The Land." When he was pulled over by an NYPD officer, Bey reportedly referred to himself as a diplomat.

"I am an Amir and I don't need plates to drive," he said, according to DNA Info.

Sources: WIVB, New York Daily News, DNA Info / Photo credit: Erie County Sheriff's Office via WIVB, New York Daily News

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