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Well the Suffolk County Sheriff deputies who took over expessway patrol duties from county police amidst a political firestorm have proven one thing. They know a dummy when they see one.

A Suffolk deputy sheriff patrolling the Long Island Expressway saw right through a commuter's passenger.

That's because he was Plexiglas.

A smoke-tinted plastic man was in the seat next to Steven Dinowitz, 51, of Ronkonkoma, as he drove in the HOV lane Tuesday morning past slower westbound rush-hour commuters in the other lanes.

"One of our deputy sheriffs, he noticed the front seat passenger looked ... unusual," said Michael P. Sharkey, the sheriff's chief of staff. "He stopped the vehicle, and it was a two- or three-piece construction of Plexiglas, dressed in clothing to appear to be a passenger.

Sharkey said Dinowitz admitted to Deputy Sheriff Robert Howard that he had been using the Plexiglas person for nearly a year to get to and from work quicker.

"You get enough people doing stuff like that, and it totally defeats the purpose of having an HOV lane," Sharkey said. "It's not limiting it to people who are carpooling."

Dinowitz, who was pulled over near Exit 53, was issued a ticket and released. A listed phone number could not be found for him. The "passenger" was taken into custody.
 

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Whoa, you can't get anything past those sheriffs!
 
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