• ETC
  • Aug 19, 2014
States have different laws about how closely your car can mimic the look of a police car, which this Massachusetts driver might've wanted to have look into. Even though he's driving a Maserati GranTurismo in homage to the Transformer Barricade and it reads "Decepticons" and "To punish and enslave" on the sides – in two places – and a Twitter hashtag for #Halomafia, the police in Braintree, MA, didn't like it.
An officer pulled the driver over and gave him a ticket for impersonating a police officer. Perhaps it was the "911," "K-9" and "Speed Enforcement" stickers that did it. The driver offered the fact that he was helping the police department because other drivers slowed when they saw him, but that didn't stop him from needing to make a district court appearance where, hopefully, he'll have a better explanation. We have a feeling he can get the case dismissed if he can get his Maserati to actually turn into Barricade...


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      guinnessfanatic
      • 4 Months Ago

      What kind of insufferable douchenozzle paints one of the most beautiful examples if Italian automotive art in the theme of one of the worst film series in the history of cinema? This guy should have his license revoked for crimes against automotive decency. I've literally never wanted to punch somebody more than whoever this guy is....

      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is one of those issues where there can be no exceptions. People have to have some trust in the police because we have to do what they say. That makes a police uniform and related paraphernalia incredibly powerful, the image of a police cruiser included.

      Look at this way, in addition to many other nefarious deeds, any skeevy prick in a lookalike cruiser can pull over your wife/sister/mother/friend and rape her. Yeah, sorry, but this is one of those laws you don't dick around with.

      Besides, this is just another geek with more money than common sense.

        Moreno636
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        Nobody is mistaking this for a cop car. If this is considered "cop car" so should every unmarked crown vic on the road. Americans get dumber by the month and continue to let the police control every aspect of their lives....willingly. 

        cquoica
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        I agree with you regarding the police paraphernalia. On the flip side -- and to the point I made in my comment -- Police shouldn't be stopping people in unmarked sedans. That just causes more confusion. I see NYC cops pulling people over in Nissans. That's the sole purpose of police driving those: to confuse the public so that they can blend in. So what if a guy just throws lights in his own personal car? I've seen it before.

        SloopJohnB
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        If this 'resembles' a police car then every unmarked old Crown Vic owner gets a ticket!  The law is nothing to dick with, but it has to be not-vague.

      William Jenkins
      • 4 Months Ago


      I drove by that exact spot for years.  Great area for fried clams and go for a swim.

      Mike Pulsifer
      • 4 Months Ago

      It pains me to see this done to a GranTourismo.

        Lachmund
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer

        I usually hate police cars but I love this!

      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      That Maserati owner doesn't give a damn!

      Julio B
      • 4 Months Ago

      Aaaaand the value of all Gran Turismos just dropped $20k more....

      Alvetica
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is this an ad for Lets Be Cops?

      That Guy
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm not sure what's worse. The ignorance on the part of the author of the extreme ignorance/stupidity in the comments. 

      The driver admitted that he was  "helping the police department because other drivers slowed when they saw him"

      The tool admitted that people thought he was associated with a police organization. Now do we need to define what the word "admitted" means? 


        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @That Guy

        Flimsy logic is flimsy.  By that logic, every driver of any ex-police car ever is doing the same thing by driving their cars.

      Jonathan
      • 4 Months Ago

      They deserved the ticket for doing this to a Maserati. 

      Rex Seven
      • 4 Months Ago

      He got too close to government's true desire...

      "To punish and enslave"

      cquoica
      • 4 Months Ago
      In other news, police drive in unmarked cars and stop drivers. Soooo... Does that mean that I'm also imitating a police officer too? 
      fanglemeister
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wow, it really is a perfect copy of my local force's fleet of new Maserati GTs. <rolls eyes 360 degrees>  In any case, this "paint job" will probably peel right off, aka a wrap job.

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