Can't an automaker hide three crossovers in the wilderness in an effort to give them away without any problems? Apparently not, as Chrysler's contest to give away three Dodge Journey models randomly placed around the U.S. has been met with controversy. The winner of the second Journey, found in Oklahoma, is one Brad Neidy, who happens to be a Troop Leader for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The controversy sprung up after followers of the contest pointed out that, as a highway patrolman, Neidy may have had an unfair advantage in finding the crossover prize. Automotive reports that the reason given was that the OHP may have coordinated road closures for filming purposes.

Neither Chrysler or the OHP are going into details at this point, but Neidy has reportedly decided that receiving the new Journey isn't worth the hassle. The officer has evidently informed Chrysler that he will not accept the free vehicle in spite of the fact that he found it.

Chrysler did release a statement about the matter, stating that the second Journey winner declined the prize, adding "Dodge is reviewing program rules and will provide updates soon."


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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      so does this mean they cant even give them away?
      nascar1981
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look, I work with this Trooper and I want to first start out by saying he is one of the most honest and stand out guys I have had the privilege to know and work with! He would never abuse the system in any way and definitley not in a contest. I didn't even know about the contest until 1pm on that Saturday, If I did I wouldve looked for it myself!! I cant believe the way some of you have spoke about him, if you could only really know who he is. Just know this...he will be the one risking his life to possibly save one of yours someday!
      awokcando
      • 3 Years Ago
      Either, or; neither, nor.
      Christopher Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still haven't figured out why anyone would want a Dodge Journey, even if it is free.
        Flat4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        Go give one a test drive before you judge. Its a decent vehicle for a good price. Chrysler makes good cars. I own an 08 Pacifica and have had ZERO problems. The Gov bailout was because Diamler robbed them blind then sold them.
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Flat4
          Agreed. While I do think that some Mercedes are cool vehicles, there is no way I could own one without a sense of guilt for what they did to an American manufacturer with a lengthy history of building great cars.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Flat4
          A good point that most people miss. GM's predicament was their own doing. Chrysler would not have needed a bailout if Dumbler had not FUBAR'd them up one side and down the other. They screwed their product development cycle, tossed out their executives (like Lutz), and stole their cash reserve. I'm shocked the company is even around today.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        why not??
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Anderson
        You're not familiar with good cars, are you?
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, you can't give away a Dodge Journey these days.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      A cop abusing his power. Nothing new here. Move along.
        kmanning83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Did you even read the post? The officer is the one who is saying he doesn't want to keep it because of the controversy. That's a stand up thing to do in my book.
          usa1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kmanning83
          He did the "stand up" thing AFTER he was pointed out as having abused his power. "Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking."
      • 3 Years Ago
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        MKIV
        • 3 Years Ago
        GetCent.com is a rip off and none of your products work. They are garbage. Thanks for coming by.
      Abe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hide it again!
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      He clearly had an advantage here with the road closures and DID abuse his power. He shouldn't have been allowed in the contest in the first place. I wouldn't accept the vehicle either knowing it would shortly be taken away.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Dodge is probably just going to donate it to the OHP so some on duty officers can play tummy sticks in the back seat.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they offered cash equivalency I'd give it back too.
      jsmaikell
      • 3 Years Ago
      I admire the guy for just avoiding the hassle. He should get it, but he's apparently one of the few that doesn't have a sense of entitlement.
        LostBoyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jsmaikell
        Or he knows he violated the rules. Not saying this is true, but we probably don't know the whole story.
      Shizam237
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guys just being nice and doesn't want to admit he wants that piece of crap
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