Police in western Quebec say an officer pulled over a vehicle near Gatineau, Que. this week showed an “unorthodox and unusual” method of transporting an all-terrain vehicle, which was strapped to the car’s roof.
MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais police shared a photo of a Mazda 3 with an ATV strapped to the roof with a single strap.
An officer was driving on Route 309 in L’Ange-Gardien just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when they saw the car heading south with the ATV on the roof.
“Because the whole thing had piqued their curiosity, they made a U-turn and eventually intercepted the driver already driving on Hwy. 50 toward Gatineau,” police said in a statement.
According to the police, the 29-year-old driver from Val-des-Bois was driving with a suspended driver’s license due to numerous unpaid fines.
“Not to mention the unorthodox and unusual way of transporting an all-terrain vehicle,” the police said. “The vehicle was held in place with just one strap, which passed through the car. It should be noted that due to the weight of the ATV, the Mazda’s four shocks were all so crushed that steering the vehicle became nearly impossible.”
The vehicle did not belong to the driver, but it was impounded for 30 days. According to police, the driver was fined $494 for driving with a suspended license, while the owner of the vehicle was given a $494 fine for permitting someone with a suspended license.
“Other fines are possible and will be handed out at a later date related to the securing of the famous charge,” police said. “During storage, the ATV was clearly lowered from the roof by the owner, who rolled the ATV against the windshield and hood of the car.”