Ice-T, who plays a police officer on Law and Order: SVU, was arrested earlier this week for evading a toll while approaching the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York City and New Jersey. The actor was driving his McLaren 720S, which did not have a license plate, TMZ reported.
Ice-T was in an E-ZPass-only lane in New Jersey but did not have the corresponding transmitter that allows drivers to prepay tolls and pass through without stopping.
A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson told Jalopnik that Ice-T, real name Tracy Marrow, was charged with theft of services and issued a summons for not having a license plate or registration. His car was impounded and released, and the actor was released on his own recognizance.
Ice-T didn’t realize he was driving without E-ZPass, according to TMZ. He told the website he has seven of the devices for his other vehicles and forgot to put one in his McLaren 720S. In response to the incident, the actor tweeted: “Cops went a little Extra. Coulda just wrote a ticket. In and out… Moovin.”
He then added, “I love how people think just because I ACT like a cop on SVU I get special treatment from real cops… lol.”
It’s possible police targeted Ice-T because his British sports car did not have any license plates, which can indicate an individual is trying to avoid paying a toll. Most people aren’t arrested for evading tolls in the tri-state area.
Ice-T explained to TMZ that he recently received the McLaren from California where it’s legal to drive up to 90 days without license plates while waiting to get permanent ones.
It appears the actor just got the vehicle. He posted a photo of his new ride on Oct. 11 on Instagram, writing, “New Whip Alert 720S.”
The McLaren 720S has a maximum speed of 212 mph and a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The car can accelerate from 0–62 mph in 2.9 seconds. It has a modified carbon chassis, making it lighter than the previous incarnation, the 650S.
Ice-T has played Sergeant Odafin Tutuola on Law & Order: SUV since 2000.