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.
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.”