MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol says they have “so many questions” after unique traffic stop late last month: a motorcyclist in a panda suit.
According to the patrol, a concerned motorist called 911 earlier in the summer to report a motorcyclist wearing a panda suit on Highway 101. The reporting party was concerned due to the person’s vision being obstructed and worried because the rider was weaving through traffic – and riding no-handed.READ MORE: Gov. Walz Calls Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine A 'Game-Changer' After FDA Approval
The biker, however, exited the freeway before a trooper could locate him.
On Aug. 31, dispatchers located the same rider on traffic cams on Interstate 394. Troopers were soon able to pull over the driver.READ MORE: Minnesotans Argue State Not Appropriately Prioritizing Vaccines For Those With Underlying Conditions
The driver was cited for reckless driving and panda head was confiscated.
“Halloween’s not for more than a month. And even if Halloween was today, this would not be OK — or legal, in case you were wondering,” the state patrol said.
The state patrol reminded riders to make sure they can see and can be seen.MORE NEWS: Double The Doses Given At Minneapolis Convention Center To Make Up For Severe Weather Delay
“A panda head will not protect you in a crash like a DOT-approved helmet would,” the patrol said.