This driver denies trying to trick a trooper when he was caught with an inflatable doll in the front seat. (Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol)

Driver busted for using inflatable doll in HOV lane

Who's the real dummy? That's the question state patrol troopers are asking after a guy was caught swerving into the HOV lane with an inflatable doll in the passenger seat.

The 21-year-old Renton man cut off a trooper on I-405, forcing him to hit his brakes to avoid a collision. When the trooper pulled him over, he saw what looked like a passenger ducking down in the front seat, according to Washington State Patrol trooper Julie Startup.

Startup says the trooper became concerned about what was going on inside the car, only to discover the "passenger" was just an inflated doll wearing a sweatshirt.

"It does seem like people think they can dress them up and they just won't get noticed," Startup says.

She says when it comes to trying to trick troopers, Startup still gives higher marks to the guy who dressed up a skeleton for creativity.

"But this one definitely gets a few points because he did dress it and the trooper said when he was pulling up behind it that it looked like a real passenger."

The driver denied trying to fool anyone. The trooper gave him a $248 ticket for the HOV violation and unsafe lane change.

Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com Reporter
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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