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March 5, 2014

'Short ribs' inspection sticker is recipe for man's arrest

SALISBURY — A newspaper clipping describing a recipe for short ribs landed a local man in jail after police say he pasted the square piece of paper onto his windshield and tried to pass it off as an inspection sticker.

Kevin M. Guy, 51, of 22 Pike St., was arrested Friday at 8:46 p.m. and charged with forging/misusing a RMV document, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to dim headlights. Officer Richard Dellaria made the arrest on Collins Street after Guy passed him on Route 286 with his high beams on.

Word of the fake inspection sticker spread fast after Salisbury police tweeted a photo of the forged document and posted it on its Facebook page.

“We will notice this. Do not use this as an inspection sticker on your vehicle!! Someone did this tonight and was charged with a felony,” the Facebook post reads.

Guy’s arrest comes only two weeks after he was busted for forging another inspection sticker, according to police. In that case, police said that Guy created a fake sticker using an Iron Man comic book decal. In addition to being arrested and charged with forging/misusing an RMV document, Guy was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense) and no inspection sticker.

The next day, he was sentenced to a year’s probation for forging an RMV document charge, a felony, and six months in jail for driving with a suspended license. All jail time was suspended for a year, according to court documents.

But based on his latest arrest, Judge Peter Doyle ordered him to serve six months in jail with sentences to run concurrently.

According to Salisbury police officer Neil Moody, on Feb. 10, he noticed what looked to be an oversized and smudged inspection sticker as Guy’s car passed him while he was parked on Bridge Road.

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