Woman driving with cardboard license plate arrested on felony charge

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(Photo: Erie County Sheriff's Office)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A woman was arrested on a felony count after she was found driving with a homemade license plate.

It happened Wednesday morning in the Village of Springville in New York when a Deputy Flowers initiated a traffic stop, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Flowers was patrolling in Springville when he observed a vehicle with no front license plate and a rear license plate that was obviously an imitation New York license plate.

Upon initiating the traffic stop, he began his investigation and determined the driver, Amanda Schweickert, 28, was operating the vehicle with a suspended registration and without insurance.

The fake license plate was constructed of cardboard and painted to replicate a New York plate. The homemade plate was seized and place into evidence.

Deputy Flowers arrested the driver and charged her with a felony count of possessing a forged instrument, a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a suspend registration and three vehicle and traffic infractions.

Schweickert is housed at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $400 bail and has a pending court appearance at the Springville Village Court.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the license plates with the caption: “In case you are wondering, homemade cardboard license plates are NOT legal.”

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