Woman who owes $12K in toll violations caught

August 4, 2009 3:15:52 AM PDT
Authorities say they've caught a woman who has been taking a free ride for over a year and now the hundreds of tolls she's accused of skipping out on are catching up to her big time. Authorities in Ft. Bend County say she was by far their top toll road violator. And now she's racked up a staggering bill. Her name is Oyefolashade Fatusin.

"She owes the toll road system about $12,000," said Ft. Bend County Chief Deputy Chad Norvell.

That's right, $12,000. Ft. Bend Precinct 4 deputies stopped the 28-year-old Missouri City resident for speeding on the Fort Bend Toll Road. They checked her driver's license and discovered the substantial amount of money she owed.

"She did admit to the deputy that her EZ Tag had been suspended for over a year, but she said that the toll road was close to her house and it was an easy, convenient way for her to go back and forth to work," said Norvell.

According to Precinct 4, Fatusin owes the Harris County Toll Road Authority more than $7,000 in toll violations and more than $4,800 to Ft. Bend County, giving her a grand total of $12,000 and change.

We went by Fatusin's home in Missouri City, but could not reach her for a comment.

She is among the seven people arrested in the past week by Precinct 4 deputies assigned to the toll road system. Those we spoke with today say what these drivers are accused of doing is just plain wrong.

"If we've got to pay, everybody should pay, you know," said driver Bob Taylor.

"That's horrible," added driver Deborah Taylor. "To be taking advantage of the system like that, it's horrific. People are doing it all the time, everywhere you go."

Fatusin was arrested and transported to the Fort Bend County Jail. A payment plan is being worked out to cover the violations.

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