SALISBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -
A driver in Salisbury was stopped for having a headlight out, but it’s what police found when checking his vehicle’s inspection that has everyone talking.
According to police, the man had taken a recipe for short ribs and tried to pass it off as an inspection sticker.
“In the past we've seen some forged ones, but much better than this. This was a pretty poor attempt,” Salisbury Police Chief Thomas Fowler said.
Others who saw the fake sticker said it looks nothing like a real inspection sticker.
“Normally people have someone print one off, but a recipe? You give the cop an idea and something to laugh about I guess. He could have at least used a sharpie and tried to put something on it,” one woman said.
Salisbury police say forging motor vehicle documents is a serious charge and that it's better to have an expired sticker than a fake.
“I think he suggested to the officer his car needed some work and he was down on his luck and couldn't afford to have his fixed, so it wouldn't pass inspection,” Fowler said.
During the traffic stop the driver was arrested for having a suspended license; according to a police report his last arrest n Salisbury wain also for a forged inspection sticker.
The chief’s suggestion for this man and everyone else who plans on trying to fake out an officer; get a new inspection sticker.