A few weeks ago, we mentioned that Braintree, Massachusetts police arrested a Maserati driver who Plasti-Dipped his Granturismo for Transformer-iffic effect. He was cited for impersonating a police officer. We just got an email from the attorney’s office that the case was dismissed.
Braintree PD said that the cars looked much too much like their black-and-whites, and that the driver would have to face a hearing in front of the Clerk Magistrate.
Where “Braintree Police” should go, the Maserati driver’s decal warned “Decepticons Punish and Enslave,” in reference to the bad guys from the action figures/cartoon/film franchise Transformers.
The driver noted that he was actually assisting police “because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle.”
We’re awaiting a call from the Attorney Russell Matson for official confirmation, but the email we got from his office stated “Charge got dismissed an hour ago in court!”
We spoke with Attorney Russell Matson, who confirmed that the case was dismissed. His client was facing up to a year in jail on the charge of impersonating an officer.
“I’ve been in front of the Clerk Magistrate before,” said Attorney Matson. “He’s got common sense, and he’s diplomatic.”
The Clerk Magistrate suggested that painting your car to look like something out of Transformers was something he’d expect a 17 year old to do, and it could, in some fashion be seen as dangerously close to looking like a Braintree cruiser. However, Attorney Matson says the Clerk Magistrate didn’t feel it met the description of “Impersonating an Officer.”