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September 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Fuzzy on the law? Driver caught in HOV lane with bear passenger

Bad news, bear: That'll be an $818 fine. (Washington State Patrol photo)

Bad news, bear: That’ll be an $818 fine. (Washington State Patrol photo)

The State Patrol on Monday morning reminded an Everett woman pulled over for speeding in the Interstate 5 carpool lane that, while cute, a gigantic teddy bear does not qualify as a second passenger.

The 19-year-old woman was stopped in Lynnwood during the morning rush hour while speeding south, said Trooper Mark Francis.

When the trooper approached the minivan, he saw a silhouette in the passenger seat. It wasn’t until the window was rolled down that the trooper realized the outline he saw in the passenger seat was actually an enormous teddy bear, Francis said.

“There was a big old bear there. Her contention was that the bear was up there because there wasn’t enough room in her minivan,” Francis said.

The woman was cited with driving 74 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone; driving illegally in the carpool lanes; and driving without insurance. She and her bear walked away with an $818 ticket.

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