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Toll Road Scofflaw Arrested For Outstanding Bill

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Police say 41-year-old Robert Walter Dupree of Plano was arrested Thursday in The Colony for failure to use a proper signal. Then police noticed an expired sticker. Then there was more.

“There were traffic warrants out of this agency,” Lt. Darren Brockway of The Colony Police Department told CBS 11 News.  “And there was another traffic warrant out of the Euless Police Department, and then four of the other unpaid toll violations out of Denton County.”

How much do the toll road folks claim Dupree owes them?

“It’s actually close to $56,000 right now and that’s more than 2,110 tolls,” according to the NTTA’s Michael Rey.

As in 2,110-times to run through a toll reader without paying. Rack up enough of them and they turn into misdemeanor crimes for failure to appear to answer for the unpaid tolls.

Dupree spent two days at The Colony City Jail where he was allowed to serve time to pay off the local traffic warrants, then he was transferred to the Denton County Jail to face the music on the tollway violations.

He was released from Denton County Jail on bond. Public records show Dupree has several aliases and some prior arrests.

He wasn’t at home when CBS 11 News sought him out, but his mother was. Connie Dupree says she knew about his traffic hassles. “I think it’s pretty — I think it’s crazy. I don’t drive. But I think it’s pretty crazy,” she told CBS 11 News.

The last survey the NTTA took shows the agency is owed more than $53 million in unpaid tolls and fines.

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