September 2, 2014

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Mentor man receives warning for towing ATV on I-480

A Mentor man received a warning after police pulled him over on Interstate 480 as he towed an all-terrrain vehicle using a Chevrolet Cavalier and what appeared to be clothesline. COURTESY NORTH RIDGEVILLE POLICE

A Mentor man received a warning after police pulled him over on Interstate 480 as he towed an all-terrrain vehicle using a Chevrolet Cavalier and what appeared to be clothesline. COURTESY NORTH RIDGEVILLE POLICE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A Mentor man dodged a bullet of sorts this past weekend when he received a warning instead of a ticket after police spotted the man towing an ATV behind his car that was attached with a flimsy piece of clothesline.

“I don’t know how this guy thought he was going to make it back to Mentor without being stopped,” North Ridgeville police Capt. Marti Garrow said.

The man was towing the ATV along Interstate 480 from Wellington where he had just purchased the red-and-black all-terrain vehicle from a local seller.

The ATV was attached to the unlocked trunk of the Mentor resident’s Chevy Cavalier with a yellow cord and a length of rope like clothesline, Garrow said.

“You see vehicles being towed by other cars, but you don’t see this too often,” Garrow said, noting the ATV was “bouncing and weaving back and forth behind the car” at speeds of 55 to 60 mph. “Clothesline rope is not real strong.”

Patrolman Jim Larkin, who spotted the potential hazard, pulled the Mentor man over in the eastbound lanes near the Lear-Nagle Road overpass on Interstate 480.

“Those vehicles aren’t meant to travel at that kind of speed,” Garrow said. “It was certainly not secured.”

The ATV could have become a careening missile had it broken free from the car and moved into other lanes of traffic at high speeds, police said.

Larkin opted to let the Mentor driver off with a warning instead of citing him.

“The officer called for a tow truck, which the guy agreed to pay for, and the ATV got home that way,” Garrow said.

While he didn’t have figures regarding the cost of the 65- to 70-mile tow, Garrow figures it was perhaps as much as a couple hundred dollars.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

 

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    God put people like this on the planet so we aren’t the dumbest.

  • Bob Sweatt

    Can we say, “You might be a Redneck if….

  • turd

    good thing he wasnt endangering peoples lives, Like talking on a cell phone. That will get you heavilly fined.

    Dragging an ATV down the highway just a warning…

  • MZee

    too bad being stupid isn’t a crime. If this thing popped loose it could’ve killed people.

    I guess it was better than putting it on the roof and using that rope. You laugh… there are fools who do it and worse…

    he should’ve been arrested for reckless endangerment.

  • GogglesPisano

    Too cheap to rent a truck?

  • zdubb78

    JUST A WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    talking on a cell phone or no seat belt will get ya 150 EVERYTIME
    This idiot endangers hundreds of lives and gets a warning
    He should have been arrested for being an idiot…..

  • Bruce Tennant

    This is so lacking in generosity….everyone is upset over him using rope to secure this and it certainly appears that there is a bungee cord as well…..come on give credit where credit is due

  • Spec440

    God….you people complain because the cops write too many tickets. Now you’re complaining because they didn’t write a ticket. Some of you are complaining about both in the same breath. Exhausting.