Police Pull Over Ohio State Fan After Mistaking Buckeye for Marijuana Symbol

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2013

Police outside of Memphis made an embarrassing mistake earlier this month, pulling over a 65-year-old woman after confusing the Ohio State Buckeye leaf decal on the back of her car for a marijuana leaf, according to The Columbus Dispatch's Joe Blundo.

The woman, Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, grew up in Columbus, home of the Buckeyes, and is a diehard Ohio State fan. According to Blundo, "She has served as president of the Ohio State Alumni Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," where she currently lives.

According to the story, Jonas-Boggioni and her husband were making their way back to Texas from a funeral in Columbus on Feb. 4 when they were stopped by police in Tennessee (via Blundo).

"It’s just amazing they would be that dumb...Knowing I wasn’t speeding, I couldn’t imagine why...They were very serious. They had the body armor and the guns."

From what Jonas-Boggioni understands, the officers believed that a marijuana sticker might mean the car was carrying illegal drugs, giving them reason to stop her.

Unfortunately, the officers somehow confused a Buckeye helmet sticker, which has five leaflets, for a marijuana leaf, which usually features seven narrow leaflets.

According to Jonas-Boggioni, the police officers even asked her to remove the decal from her car after realizing their eyes had betrayed them (via Blundo). 

"I said, 'You mean in Tennessee?' and he said, 'No, permanently.' I didn’t take it off...This little old lady is no drug dealer."

After an impressive 12-0 football season in 2012, it's no surprise that Jonas-Boggioni wasn't willing to part ways with her proud Buckeye symbol. And after all, she shouldn't have to.

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