A smart driver who tried cheating police officers monitoring a carpool lane in Brea has been busted and issued a ticket. The traffic offender chose to break the rules by riding alongside a passenger who happened to be a pretty mannequin.
Image shows a carpool lane in Shenzhen, China where a driver must have at least two passengers in the car between 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m to 7.30 p.m on week days.
Unfortunately for the offending driver, an eagle-eyed police officer who was on patrol around 5 p.m. caught him in the act.
Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux said: ” A Brea motorcycle officer was on the congested 57 freeway near Tonner Canyon Road, when a pickup truck veered out of the carpool lane very close to the officer’s bike.
“The officer rode up to the driver to warn him about being careful when changing lanes.
“Looking inside the truck, he saw the passenger in a hooded sweatshirt was a mannequin with no legs.”
“The officer was like, ‘Are you kidding me,'” Devereux said.
The impatient driver quickly turned on his apologetic side after he was pulled over for questioning. He confessed to the cop that it wasn’t his first time of violating traffic rules but asked for mercy.
Devereux confirmed the incident was the first time patrol officers in Brea caught a driver riding with a mannequin. He said they don’t always issue tickets on freeways.
In his words: “The driver…related that he would now just accept the fact he needed to sit in traffic like everyone else.”
Reports say the California Highway Patrol are always busy along the freeway and have caught a lot of impatient drivers who would do almost anything to deceive officers of the law.
Image shows the impatient driver on a ride with his mannequin.
According to Officer Tom Joy, motorists using mannequins and other deceptive ideas are a frequent occurence. “A common trick involves attaching the seat belt and pushing the passenger seat all the way back to make it appear someone is sleeping,” he said.
A lot others have been caught with cardboard cut-outs, dolls in baby seats, blow-up dolls, kickboxing dummies and even skeletons.
The Brea police officer set an example with his $481 citation which is also the minimum price for this traffic offence.
“Obviously it’s a gamble in the long run,” Devereux said on Thursday. “I don’t think it’s worth it.”