Her lawyer told the Wall Street Journal that he is reviewing the evidence in his client's case but told the paper, "Certainly if they can prove she in fact did this, we want to make sure the turnpike is made whole. We also have to make sure her ability to repay is going to be taken into consideration."
Yearick is not the only one who is accused of not paying the fee to drive on the limited-access highway. The Wall Street Journal reported that Pennsylvania’s turnpike commission has filed 14 private criminal complaints. One person has had a payment plan approved, other cases are pending. And taking drivers to court over non-payment of tolls is apparently working for the state.
The possibility of being charged with a crime has helped start payment plans, or full payments, that are expected to bring in $120,000, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"When people find out we're actually going after people criminally, it's going to make a huge impact," Ray Morrow, the turnpike commission's chief of compliance, told the Wall Street Journal.