Florida man caught with stolen light pole on his car hood

Florida man caught with stolen light pole on his car hood

Authorities say a Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn’t trash that can be taken and sold for scrap.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a state trooper pulled over a car with a metal pole -- longer than the car itself -- strapped to the roof on a Tampa road Monday morning.

In this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol a downed power pole is strapped to the roof of a car, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, on Interstate 4, in Hillsborough County, Fla.
In this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol a downed power pole is strapped to the roof of a car, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, on Interstate 4, in Hillsborough County, Fla. (Source: Florida Highway Patrol via AP)

Another driver had reported the pole being taken on Interstate 4 near the Interstate 75 interchange.

The Camry’s driver, 71-year-old Douglas Allen Hatley, told troopers that he didn’t realize that it was illegal to remove broken utility and light poles from the side of the road.

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