Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni and her husband were pulled over by Tennessee police after a Buckeye sticker on their car– placed to show support for Ohio State– was mistaken for a marijuana leaf.
Jonas-Boggioni was pulled over, but was confused because she knew she hadn’t been speeding. When the police officer came up to the driver’s side of her car, they asked, “What are you doing with a marijuana leaf on your bumper?”
The 65 year old, who was driving home to Plano, Texas after attending her mother in law’s funeral, explained to police that it was a buckeye sticker, similar to the ones Ohio State football players wear on their helmets.
The officer asked her to remove the sticker from her car to avoid any future confusion. Jonas-Boggioni did not remove the sticker. She later explained, “I didn’t take it off. This little old lady is no drug dealer.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, neither the Tennessee Highway Patrol nor the Shelby County sheriff’s office in Memphis had information about the traffic stop. According to a spokeswoman for the West Tennessee Drug Task Force, a marijuana sticker would not be a sufficient reason to stop a car.