Fugitive from Tenn. arrested after NJ toll stop

A trucker who was pulled over for allegedly trying to evade a toll learned that he had unknowingly picked up a fugitive from Tennessee.Port Authority

FORT LEE - A trucker who was pulled over for allegedly trying to evade a toll learned that he had unknowingly picked up a fugitive from Tennessee.

Port Authority police say they stopped Manuel Velasco's truck at the George Washington Bridge after he was suspected of trying to skip the toll. Inside, they found his passenger, 51-year-old Charles Kelly, who happened to be wanted on forgery and theft charges. Kelly is also a person of interest in the May murder of a Tennessee man.

Velasco told police that Kelly asked for a ride at a Tennessee gas station on Sunday. Velasco said he took Kelly on a few deliveries and even took him to his New York home for dinner.

Kelly is awaiting extradition.

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