Quote of the Day, …What Laws Were Being Broken? edition.

I mean real laws, not ‘do not bathe your mule in a bathtub’ laws. From Canada:

A MPF officer, while travelling on KG Hwy, observed an ATV that was towing a couch, with two males sitting on the couch, going through the drive through at MacDonald’s restaurant. As the MPF officer approached, the ATV fled from the drive trough and managed to cross the highway then it ventured onto the frozen Miramichi River. The two couch passengers (aged 28 & 39) who were intoxicated were left behind and were arrested. This ATV was located later in the day and was seized. This matter is still under investigation. Court charges are pending.

I mean, as PhantomSway noted: the guys in the couches were wearing helmets. That’s pretty safe, right?


15 thoughts on “Quote of the Day, …What Laws Were Being Broken? edition.”

      1. In high school I and a friend borrowed a shopping cart from a grocery store and he pushed the cart, with me sitting in it, through the drive-thru at the Burger King next door. When the cashier asked where his car was, I yelled “I’m in my car!” and he made vroom vroom noises.

        I guess the difference was we weren’t drunk.

        1. Once upon a time, three or four of us pushed our hopelessly broke friends’ station wagon through a BK drive thru after they refused to take our order without a car …
          This location would close the doors at 10 but keep the drive thru running with a skeleton crew until 1:00am…

          1. When I was a kid (around 10), my dad owned a Renault Le Car for a while. 2 or 3 of us could’ve pushed it, although not to the nearest fast food place, what with living on a hill and all.

  1. I suspect that the law cited has to do with the proper ways that a vehicle can safely tow something. From the video, it looks like the couch was attached to the ATV via a pair of bungie cords and that probably doesn’t pass muster.

  2. Probably for “Disturbing the Peace”.
    It’s a catchall that covers everything from snowball fights (ask me how I know), to laundry detergent in public fountains (or so I’ve heard), to taking couch surfing to the logical conclusion of a drive through window (where I must criticize them. They should have gone to Jack in the Box. And ordered tacos).

    1. Trailers do need to be registered .. however only if they’re operating on public roads.
      IF, as demonstrated by the getaway attempt, the couch-and-ATV arrived offroad, the cops have to consider ‘disturbing the peace’ and/or ‘trespass’ and ‘vandalism’ to sites the couch tore up on its’ way through.

  3. Well, maybe we could start with the fact that the couch was (I’m going to assume) not road legal as a trailer? I mean, not having wheels and all. Or brake and signal lights.


    I would also wonder if the ATV itself was road legal, although there are some around these parts, licensed as motorcycles.


    Also, I’m gonna go with “the driver was almost certainly drunk as well”.

    1. It’s Canada in the snow. Surely there are provisions for sleighs? The lights may be a fair point though. Even Amish buggies need turn signals these days.

  4. I’d bet there’s a generic “having passengers in an unsafe situation” kind of law. I don’t know about Canada, but in Texas it’s now illegal to have passengers in the back of a pickup. Which I’m not really surprised by, since I knew a guy who was killed in that situation.

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