ALBANY -- It may not be wise to drive in the carpool lane by yourself, especially if you have a $500,000 warrant out for your arrest.

Cunard Hinton, 42, was reminded of this Monday. Alone in a 2014 Ford Mustang, Hinton was cruising in the carpool lane on eastbound Interstate 80 at 4 p.m. when a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over near Buchanan Street, said CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld.

That was his first alleged violation. His second came when he allegedly gave an officer a phony identification with another person's name.

Officers eventually found out the Vallejo man's true name, and discovered he had a $500,000 warrant for his arrest in Contra Costa County for conspiracy and multiple counts related to the sale and transportation of drugs, Wilkenfeld said.

Hinton was booked in North County Jail in Oakland for the outstanding warrant, and on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, providing a false name to officers and driving in a carpool lane with fewer than three passengers.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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