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Makeshift license plates land Springfield woman in trouble

A Springfield woman attempted to replicate a Mass. license plate with cardboard and colored pencils.
A Springfield woman attempted to replicate a Mass. license plate with cardboard and colored pencils.Mass. State Police

After a Springfield woman’s license plates were revoked, she allegedly replaced them, but not through the usual channels — she instead turned to cardboard and colored pencils.

A state trooper stopped 25-year-old Johanna Baez-Rodriguez when she was driving on Interstate 391 in Chicopee Tuesday morning after noticing her license plates did not look right, said Matthew Guarino, a State Police spokesman.

The trooper found Baez-Rodriguez had attempted to replicate a Massachusetts license plate by hand-drawing one with colored pencils on a white piece of cardboard, Guarino said.

State Police did not say when or why her real license plate was revoked.

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According to the State Police Facebook page, Baez-Rodriguez was charged with multiple violations, including driving with a suspended license and a revoked registration.

“Moral of the story, if you shouldn’t be driving, please don’t,” State Police said on the Facebook page.


Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.