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Fire Official Runs Up $26,000 In Toll Fines

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Fire Official Runs Up $26,000 In Toll Fines

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Fire Official Runs Up $26,000 In Toll Fines

Fire Official Runs Up $26,000 In Toll Fines

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A fire chief in Newport Beach, Calif., refused to pay tolls during his daily commute. When he was finally brought to justice, he said he didn't think he had to pay as long as he was driving a department vehicle. Turns out that only emergency vehicles on department business are exempt. The chief faces $26,000 in fines.

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Apparently people who work for the government have to follow the law. The fire chief in Newport Beach, California refused to pay tolls during his daily commute. When he was finally brought to justice, he said he didn't think he had to pay as long as he was driving a department vehicle. It turns out that only emergency vehicles on department business are exempt. And now instead of tolls, the chief faces $26,000 in fines. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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