Jason Bourcier was recently hit with a $202K bill for skipping through the Dulles Toll Road, near Washington D.C., since 2009. The massive amount includes unpaid tolls, fees and penalties.
Bourcier claimed that a friend told him that he didn't have to pay after 11:30 p.m. because the toll booth employees had gone home (video below).
He also claimed that a toll booth attendant told him the toll booth cameras were not on if there were no toll attendants working.
"I would go through late at night, and there weren't any attendants," Bourcier told USA Today. "One day, I asked an attendant if the cameras were on when there were no attendants on duty. He said they weren't. So I started going through without paying the tolls."
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) agreed to a $40K settlement, saving him $160K, but the 33-year-old Bourcier can only afford $150 monthly installments, which will last until he is 87.
“They provided me with a stack of summonses that was 12 inches high, and me and my lawyers, the best that we could do was $40,000,” Bourcier told NBC Washington. “Another kicker is they put me on a payment plan for $150 a month.”
Bourcier, who is a financial consultant, started skipping the tolls during a late-night job.
After his first six months of toll jumping, Bourcier got a bill for $1,200 in administrative fees and $50 in delinquent tolls, but wouldn't pay up even after VDOT officials offered an $800 settlement.
Bourcier continued to blow off the tolls for the next three-and-a-half years and racked up a grand total of 335 violations.
Christopher Paolino, of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is in charge of the toll road, told USA Today, "I can also say his were one of the largest number of violations that had been taken to court, so it was also one of the largest amounts awarded by the court."
However, Bourcier is still defiant.
“There are no injured parties here,” stated Bourcier. “There are people who get convicted for DUI crashes, and they don’t face this.”