Unless you’re an advanced inorganic extraterrestrial or starring in a Michael Bay film, a Maserati probably isn’t your best choice for impersonating a police vehicle.
Between the sleek Italian body style, “Decepticons” black and white shield and tagline reading “Decepticons punish and enslave” (in place of “protect and serve”), a Braintree, Mass. officer thought there was something odd about the cruiser he spotted while out on patrol last weekend.
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After pulling over the car, which is a little out of police price range at more than $100,000, the driver told the patrolman he was, in fact, assisting police ”because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle.”
Deputy Chief Wayne Foster told The Patriot Ledger the Maserati ”was made to look like a police cruiser,” and the driver — who has not been identified — has been charged with impersonating a police officer.
The owner of the car was presumably playing off a character from director Michael Bay’s 2007 “Transformers” film named “Barricade” — a sentient robot who impersonates a high-performance police Saleen Mustang, and is part of an evil faction of transformers.