Apparently the state police in Maine don’t have much knowledge of television history or much of a sense of humor. A 49-year old Dukes of Hazzard enthusiast was stopped by Maine troopers recently because of the light bar and markings on the car violate traffic laws that do not allow such equipment on anything outside of actual police vehicles. The trooper who stopped the man, Michael Johnston said that it was the first time he had ever seen such a car on public streets. Apparently, he was protecting the public from being snookered by the driver of the 1978 Dodge Monaco in case he was going to try any funny business impersonating a police officer from the late 1970s.
The driver of the car said that he cruises it pretty regularly and to date exactly zero people had assumed there was anything underhanded happening while he was on the road with the nearly 40 year old Dodge. We have to say that the Monaco is about as dead nuts perfect as it gets to Roscoe P Coltrane’s machine that was often driven into swamps, trees, and other makeshift obstacles while attempting to thwart the good deeds of the Dukes boys.
The best quote of the story comes from the driver (who asked not to be named) when he said, “I even had Flash, [Rosco’s lazy basset hound] in the back seat.” Not a real dog mind you, but a stuffed animal. The humorless trooper stopped the car citing laws that prohibit cars from having working lights, sirens, or police badging, even if said badges clearly say “HAZZARD COUNTY” on them. A quick check of Maine’s county listing verified a lack of a Hazzard County or any restaurants operating under the moniker, “The Boar’s Nest”.
The trooper let the driver off with a warning, although the major blow came later when the Duke boys made it successfully to city hall and submitted the payment to save Uncle Jesse’s farm, once again thwarting efforts by JD Hogg to take the land away from the family. Word has it that the boys used a little known short cut through Snake Creek to make the run with mere minutes to spare.
The driver of the cop car also has a pretty accurate General Lee replica. No word on whether police have stopped him in that before, during, or after making sweet jumps, shooting flaming arrows out the windows, or winning impromptu stock car races through the woods of Maine.
This makes us extremely nervous to cruise our RoboCop Taurus police car replica through the state of Maine now. There’s no telling what types of hassle could come of that. Also, we have shelved plans for a Portland, Maine “Car 54 Where Are You” reunion. Ain’t nobody got time for that. We will continue with our “Hunter” cruise though because we can remove the gumball machine light from the roof of that Dodge Magnum, though the steel wheels and dog dish caps may raise the ire of lawn enforcement officials and since KITT is part of a shadowy crime fighting organization operating outside the realm of traditional law enforcement, we’re probably in the clear. Hear that Chad? Don the Members Only jacket and come on out to New England!