‘Transformers’ Fan Due in Court for Modifying His Maserati to Look Like a Decepticon

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows a scene from,"Transformers: Age of Extinction." Hollywood’s summer at the box office isn’t just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer’s revenue. It’s lacking swagger. Many of the blockbusters have seen revenue quickly tumble after the first weekend or two. Paramount’s “Transformers” _ the biggest movie of the summer _ nosedived 63 percent in its second weekend. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, ILM)
Probably won’t be confused with police vehicles.
AP/Paramount Pictures, ILM

An unidentified Braintree man is in hot water with authorities for painting his 2010 Maserati to look like a Transformer.

Like, from the movies.

The Patriot Ledger reports Braintree Deputy Police Chief Wayne Foster stopped the driver over the weekend because he “didn’t know of any [police] department that had a Maserati.” The vehicle had been painted to resemble the character Barricade, a Decepticon Transformer that changes from a cop car to a terrifying, spike-fingered robot that has major beef with the series’ protagonist Transformer, Bumblebee.

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UPROXX points out the car appears to be a Maserati Quattroporte, a ride that “starts at $102,500.” They also note, “Barricade is only a police vehicle in the Michael Bay movies, and it’s actually portrayed, in vehicle form, by a Ford Mustang.” The juxtaposition in decision making seems... off. But so do a lot of things in this scenario.

The owner was charged with impersonating a police officer — which based on this photo, is a very fair assessment — and is due in court on a TBA date.

As Foster told the Ledger, the in-question vehicle’s slogan “Deceptions punish and enslave” was a bit of a detour from their usual “protect and serve.”