Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, was pulled over after her Ohio St. logo was mistaken for pot by two boneheaded cops. Jonas-Boggioni is a longtime Ohio State Buckeyes fan who lives in Texas and was driving through Tennessee when she and her husband were stopped by two police officers. According to a report from Digtriad on Feb. 15, the reason the cops gave the elderly couple for the stop was because their car was placed under suspicion for drug possession.
Jonas-Boggioni was shocked by the question one of the cops asked her once he approached the car.
“What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?” he asked her.
She then explained that it was actually a Buckeye leaf decal, and not a marijuana leaf as the two dense cops suspected. The decal was similar to the ones that Ohio State players are given to put on their helmets as a reward.
"They were very serious,” Jonas-Boggioni said. “They had the body armor and the guns.”
Jonas-Boggioni, who has served as the president of the Ohio State Alumni Club couldn't believe the cops were that stupid.
“It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Jonas-Boggioni said.
“He looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language,” she said
The officer then confessed to her that an officer from outside his jurisdiction saw the leaf sticker and thought it might be a signal that the car was carrying marijuana, Jonas-Boggioni said.
This explanation may have just been an attempt to blame their embarrassing mistake on someone else. After the officers explained the reason for the stop, they then suggested the couple remove the Buckeye sticker from her car.
“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.”
Neither the Tennessee Highway Patrol nor the Shelby County sheriff’s office in Memphis had any record of the traffic stop. However, a spokesperson for the West Tennessee Drug Task Force stated that a marijuana sticker would not be a sufficient reason to stop a car.