Commuter Lane Violator Used Doll in Passenger Seat

In this Nov. 29, 2010 photo released by the Washington State Patrol, a stuffed Diego doll, from the "Go, Diego, Go" Nickelodeon television show, sits in the passenger seat of a driver's car near Seattle. The State Patrol says troopers in the Seattle area were recently pulling over high occupancy lane violators people driving alone in a lane intended for vehicles with two or more occupants when the odd "passenger" drew one trooper's notice. The unidentified driver said he was late for work, so he drove off with his daughter's doll so he could use the HOV lane. He was cited for the violation. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)

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By Kelli Sutterman

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) — Diego was a model passenger, sitting quietly with seat belt buckled, never fidgeting. But it was the huge, unblinking eyes that made a Washington state trooper suspicious.

The State Patrol says troopers in the Seattle area were recently pulling over high occupancy lane violators — people driving alone in a lane intended for vehicles with two or more occupants.

That's when the odd "passenger" drew one trooper's notice.

The patrol says the trooper stopped the car and found the driver had placed a stuffed Diego doll from the Nickelodeon children's show "Go, Diego, Go!" in the front passenger seat.

The unidentified driver said he was late for work, so he drove off with his daughter's doll so he could use the HOV lane.

He was cited for the violation.

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