Turnpike Toll Evader Nabbed
For the past two months, State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit has been attempting to identify a truck driver who has been avoiding tolls on the Maine Turnpike for up to six years.
The driver was avoiding the tolls by illegally attaching license plates not belonging to him and had racked up over $1300 in unpaid tolls in Maine and was suspected of accumulating thousands more in unpaid tolls from other northeast states. One of the license plates belonged to a man who had died and a second plate belonged to a person who was not involved in the thefts. The suspect in the thefts is 61 year old Danny Olson of Turner, owner of Olson Transportation and a long haul truck driver.
Thursday afternoon State Police stopped Olson’s big rig in Auburn after he had driven up from New Hampshire. Olson was arrested and transported to the Androscoggin County Jail . He is charged with theft of services (Class C felony), along with having a false log book, failing to retain his previous log books, illegal attachment of registration plates, unauthorized taking of registration plates, and failing or neglecting to pay tolls. Olson’s truck was also placed out of service and towed due to safety violations. Troopers found license plates in the truck that were not registered to Olson.
Olson’s bail was set at $2500 cash and he was released from the jail overnight. Other states will be contacted regarding the thefts.