Driver gets ticket for using Donald Trump cutout for ride in HOV lane

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AUBURN, Wash. — A driver in Washington state got a ticket after trying to get through the carpool lane with a giant cutout of Donald Trump’s head on Tuesday morning.

The driver was pulled over by the Washington State Patrol just east of Tacoma.

The officer had a sense of humor about it, saying, “This is just awesome” before handing the driver a $136 citation for violating the HOV lane rules.

“You see a lot of things in your career, including mannequins, but this was something else,” trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, told NBC News.