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Man used remote control license plate flipper to hide from tolls, owes $5,400

A Houston-area man was arrested after deputy constables say he was avoiding paying tolls by using a device that flips and conceals his license plate.

Preston Cody Talbot is charged with possession of a “license plate flipper,” according to The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. The driver is said to owe more than $5,400 in tolls.

A deputy pulled Talbot over when they said he failed to pay a toll in the 8000 block of the North Sam Houston Parkway West. During the traffic stop, deputies found the license plate flipper on the rear of the vehicle.

“He would activate this device, putting a flipper down in front of his license plate, so the cameras at toll plazas couldn’t read his plate,” said Constable Mark Herman.

“Obviously, this was a stupid mistake,” Becki Morgan, his mother, told KHOU 11 News.

The electronic device allows a driver to flip between two license plates at a touch of a button in a 180-degree fashion. That means a driver can flash a different plate when traveling through a toll to avoid getting photographed and penalized for not paying.

Flippers are for sale on various websites for $200 to $300, but they’re illegal to possess or use in Texas.

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UPDATE: Case against toll-flouting ‘license plate flipper’ dismissed but only for a moment

The driver who Harris County officials said racked up more than $5,400 in tolls by using a device that flips and conceals his license plate is free after a judge found there was no probable cause for his arrest.

However, that’s not the end of the story.

“The judge found no (probably cause) but the charge remains in place,” an official with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday. “The DA Office must file a dismissal for a case to be dismissed, but we have not done yet so as the case remains under investigation, including points of law and developing evidence.”

Preston Cody Talbot was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of a “license plate flipper,” according to The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

A deputy pulled Talbot over when they said he failed to pay a toll on the North Sam Houston Parkway West. During the traffic stop, deputies found the license plate flipper on the rear of the vehicle.

“He would activate this device, putting a flipper down in front of his license plate, so the cameras at toll plazas couldn’t read his plate,” said Constable Mark Herman.

The electronic device allows a driver to flip between two license plates at a touch of a button in a 180-degree fashion. That means a driver can flash a different plate when traveling through a toll to avoid getting photographed and penalized for not paying.

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