Driver who dodged 1,645 tolls learns her fate

MOUNT JOY, Pa. – A woman who dodged tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike 1,645 times over a five-year period will end up paying more than $12,500 for those trips.

Lori Yearick, 45, of Mount Joy, Penn., pleaded guilty, and her plea deal allows her to pay a lot less than she was originally said to owe: $92,000, thanks to the turnpike policy of charging toll dodgers the amount they would have owed had they traveled the highway’s entire length. Her trips occurred between the Harrisburg East and Mechanicsburg interchanges.

Instead, she will pay $10,149.10 in restitution (the amount her trips actually would have cost, plus the costs associated with trying to collect the tolls from her) and a $2,500 fine.

Yearick was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation, Penn Live reports.

Yearick, who was not an EZ Pass holder, nonetheless used the EZ Pass-only lanes between January 2012 and March 2017, LeHigh Valley Live reports.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    They’ll need to collect a lot more than that to keep up the payments the PA turnpike commission makes to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation each year for the benefit of public transportation unrelated to the turnpike itself. Perhaps the federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by a truck driver’s association will change things, but until something like that happens, PA turnpike users will be funding much more than just the operation and maintenance of that roadway. Essentially, anyone who travels the PA turnpike is paying a share of taxes that SHOULD be borne by PA residents alone.