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Troopers bust driver with cardboard license plate

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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) - A Massachusetts state trooper patrolling in Chicopee was not fooled by the woman who attached a piece of cardboard to the back of her 1991 Honda Accord in an attempt to pass it off as a license plate Tuesday morning.

A trooper from the Springfield barracks initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 391 about 7:30 a.m. after spotting the plate, which had its letters and numbers drawn in pencil and colored in with red marker.

The plate had ‘Massachusetts' and ‘The Spirit of America' drawn in the appropriate places with blue ink, but it did not have an inspection sticker.

The driver, 20-year-old Johanna Baez-Rodriguez, of Springfield, was issued a summons to court for multiple motor vehicle violations, including operating with a suspended license and revoked registration, according to Trooper Nicole Morrell.

"It's illegal," Morrell said. "To be on the road you need to have a registered vehicle and a proper registration sticker or you will get a citation."

Baez-Rodriguez's vehicle was towed from the scene after she was cited.

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