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Mazda 3 stopped in western Quebec with an ATV strapped to the roof

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Police in western Quebec said an officer stopped a vehicle near Gatineau, Quebec, this week that was using an “unorthodox and unusual” method of transporting an off-road vehicle by strapping the belt to the roof of the car.

The MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais police shared a photo of a Mazda 3 with an ATV strapped to the roof with a single strap.

An officer was driving on Route 309 in L'Ange-Gardien shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed the southbound car with the SUV on the roof.

“Since the whole thing had aroused their curiosity, they made a U-turn and eventually intercepted the driver, who was already traveling on Highway 50 towards Gatineau,” police said in a statement.

According to police, the 29-year-old driver from Val-des-Bois was driving despite having his driving license revoked because he had not paid numerous fines.

“Not to mention the unorthodox and unusual method of transporting an SUV,” police said. “The vehicle was only held in place by a strap that ran inside the car. It should be noted that due to the weight of the SUV, all four of the Mazda's shock absorbers were crushed to such an extent that driving the vehicle became almost impossible.”

The vehicle did not belong to the driver but was impounded for 30 days. The driver received a $494 fine for driving without a license, while the owner of the vehicle received a $494 ticket for allowing someone to drive with a license without a valid one, police said.

“Further fines are possible and will be issued at a later date in connection with the securing of the famous load,” police said. “While in storage, the ATV was apparently lowered from the roof by the owner, who rolled the ATV into the windshield and hood of the car.”