But officer, I was only trying to help!
Police patrol cars are usually Fords or Chryslers, not Maseratis.
So when a patrolman in Braintree spotted a Maserati resembling a police cruiser, he pulled it over.
Deputy Chief Wayne Foster tells The Patriot Ledger newspaper the luxury Italian vehicle's body was painted black and white with a police-style shield on the doors, and police-related decals.
Foster said the door shield wasn't accompanied by the usual police phrase "Protect and Serve." Instead, it said "Decepticons punish and enslave."
The driver told the officer who pulled him over that he was actually assisting police "because other drivers noticed him and slowed down, thinking it was a police vehicle."
The driver, whose name was not made public, was summoned to court to face a charge of impersonating a police officer.
Critical thinking challenge: Was the Maserati owner providing a public service? How could this be a bad thing for regular people or police?