A Maine State Police trooper wasn’t fooled by the handmade license plate on the back of a minivan driven by a woman from Albany Township in western Oxford County.
Eric Paquette said he pulled over the woman’s vehicle on Allen Pond Road in Greene last fall when he spotted the bogus registration in the form of two pieces of heavy paper taped together and hand-drawn numbers in black marker.
“There was no doubt it was fictitious,” Paquette said. “It was a fast job . . . of very poor quality.”
Susan Powell, 58, had apparently reused the paper, which had a picture of an ocean scene on the back, Paquette said.
There was no corresponding registration, Paquette said. She attempted to craft a temporary plate like the ones issued by car dealers, he said.
He said Powell admitted it was her vehicle and that there was something wrong with the plate, but she denied making it.
In his 13 years on the job, Paquette said he only ran across a fake plate one other time; it was a photocopy of a real plate. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen a hand-drawn one,” he said.
Powell also had a bogus inspection sticker on her windshield, Paquette said. She had a real sticker,which she altered by cutting out one of the months and moving it to fill in a different month to make it appear current, he said. Paquette said he didn’t cite her for that.
He said he sees as many as 30 fake inspection stickers per year.
Powell’s case is awaiting trial in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn.