Highway Patrol Officer Jonathan Abrams will admit to doing a bit of a double take and rolling his eyes early yesterday after stopping a pickup for speeding in the HOV lane of the Long Island Expressway.
"It was definitely at the top of my list for silly things I've seen on the job," Abrams said.
Seated in the passenger side of the red pickup, pulled over at westbound Exit 51 in Dix Hills about 6:30 a.m., was a "stick figure" dressed in a gray Carhartt hooded sweatshirt.
Abrams' double take turned into a double whammy for driver James Campbell, 56, of Brentwood. He got two tickets: one for speeding -- doing 77 mph in a 55 mph zone; another for violating the high occupancy vehicle restriction.
According to Abrams, Campbell told him he had started a new job and didn't want to be late.
"Using the HOV lane allows him to get to work a little faster," Abrams said.
The figure appeared hastily built, the officer said: "Two 1-by-2 wood pieces nailed together, kind of like a stick figure you see in a drawing."
Abrams started his 20th year as an officer with the Suffolk department in November. He has worked the past six months in the Highway Patrol unit. Previously, he worked 7½ years in plain clothes in the Third Precinct's Crime Section.
Campbell, the driver, was humbled by the traffic stop, according to Abrams.
"He knew he was caught," he said.