Cops Unamused by Man's 'Police Maserati'
Driver charged with impersonating police officer
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2014 1:48 AM CDT
A Maserati resembling a police cruiser sits parked along the shore in Quincy, Mass.   (AP Photo/Eric Clark)

(Newser) – A Massachusetts driver with a Maserati painted like a police car was stopped by a police officer who realized that even the cops in Monaco don't drive Maseratis. The Braintree driver, who was charged with impersonating a police officer, had made the $100,000 luxury Italian car look like a police cruiser with a black-and-white paint job and police decals, a police spokesman tells the Patriot Ledger. But instead of "Protect and Serve" on the door shield, the driver had the slogan "Decepticons Punish and Enslave," the AP notes. Police say the driver—who didn't try to outrun the officer who pulled him over—claimed he was actually helping police, "because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle."

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Ind_JASS
Aug 14, 2014 4:12 PM CDT
Watch this guy go to court and get off this ticket. I actually hope he does. Technically, just because it has the colors doen't mean they have the right to ticket him. Just like when someone buys an old police car and drives it. The cop was in the wrong here! If he had the lights and special police equipment that is different.
westword6
Aug 14, 2014 6:42 AM CDT
It won't be the first time a Maserati has been pulled over by a Crown Vic.
rhinojake
Aug 13, 2014 11:55 PM CDT
There's a guy in So Cal by the name of Gary Goltz who, at age 6, fell in love with the 1950's show, "Highway Patrol" starring Broderick Crawford as Chief Dan Matthews. Goltz, an acknowledged expert on the show who owns every episode and many scripts, owns an original 1955 Buick Century 68, which was one of 270 patrol cars originally made for the California Highway Patrol, of which only 2 are known to survive. This car is considered to be the most famous police car in all tv history.... At the end of each show, Crawford would offer a bit of traffic safety "wisdom" such as.... Leave your blood at the Red Cross, or your community blood bank, not on the highway! The careless driver isn't driving his car, he's aiming it! It isn't the car that kills, it's the driver! For years, Goltz has been granted special permission from the CHP's Commissioner to use the old CHP logo from the old tv show on his black-and-white car's door. He usually drives it in parades and displays it at other events. Car collector Jay Leno, I understand, also owns a half dozen later model CHP cars for which he has permission to use the CHP logo.