A sheriff’s deputy in Franklin County, Kansas, stumbled upon an unusual sight while conducting a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving.
The May 12 incident, though serious in nature, took an unexpected twist when the deputy discovered that the driver was clad in a costume resembling a can of Bud Light.
The local sheriff’s office, taken aback by the oddity of the situation, shared the bizarre tale on its Facebook page.
“Deputies were surprised to see that the driver was wearing a beer can costume. Yes, you read that correctly,” the department wrote.
The encounter unfolded as the driver traveled northbound on Interstate 35, southwest of the Kansas City metro area.
A snapshot captured by the deputy’s dashboard camera displayed the unusual scene, featuring the law enforcement official alongside the beer-themed driver, their identities concealed.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, realizing the extraordinary nature of the incident, decided to share the image on social media, eliciting a wave of bemusement from the online community.
Sheriff Jeff Richards, reflecting on the hilarity of incident, stated, “A career in law enforcement is exciting, and you get to experience something new every day. Sometimes you see things you can’t believe!”
“Obviously it was significant enough that we thought it needed to be posted out on social media,” Richards continued. “We see strange things in our line of work, but that’s toward the top for sure.”
Curiously enough, of all the beer-themed costumes one could choose from, fate had led this driver to choose one from a brand that had recently found itself embroiled in a controversial marketing campaign.
Naturally, the department’s Facebook post became a breeding ground for humorous remarks, with witty comments pouring in.
“Is it really under the influence if he IS the influencer?”, one person quipped.
“Is that considered an open container?”, another commenter joked.
A few commenters even raised the question of whether the driver had attended a Cinco de Mayo celebration, though Richards indicated that this did not appear to be the case.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office disclosed on Facebook that the driver had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and had been subsequently transported to the county jail.
In line with the principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” police reminded the public that the driver remained a suspect until their case was resolved. As of this writing, the driver was no longer in custody.