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iN VIDEO: Infamous car with snowmobile on roof spotted on snowy highway in Vernon

Patrica Reynolds had seen a photo of the infamous sedan with a snowmobile on its roof in an iNFOnews story then saw it for herself in Vernon.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Patricia Reynolds
January 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A few weeks ago, Kamloops residents spotted a sedan driving around with an unlikely addition - a snowmobile on its roof.

iNFOnews reader Patricia Reynolds was travelling in the Vernon area on New Year’s Eve and recognized the infamous car/snowmobile combo from a photo in an iNFOnews story published on Dec. 23, 2019.

She passed along the video captured on her dash cam.

“I remember passing it and thinking, 'Oh, thats hilarious,'” Reynolds says.

When she spotted the vehicle just before noon on Dec. 31, she was surprised to see it on a highway.

“I said to my husband, 'I wonder if that’s illegal. I’m surprised he hasn’t been pulled over for (being) unsafe,'” Reynolds says. “I would’ve thought it would crush the roof.”

Her dash cam captured footage of the white sedan passing by her on Highway 97 near Hospital Hill in Vernon. You can see the sedan pass by her at around the 30-second mark. She says the roads were slick, and she was being very cautious when the car passed by.

“There was a big blizzard before that so there was a big mess,” Reynolds says. “The roads were a real mess so I don’t think I was even doing the speed limit at the time.”

Credit: SUBMITTED / Patricia Reynolds
The sedan is the fourth vehicle to pass Reynolds and enters the frame around the 30-second mark.

Southeast District RCMP media liaison officer Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says in an email if one of their officers had spotted a car with a snowmobile on the roof, they would have pulled it over and made sure it complied with the Motor Vehicle Act and its regulations.

“We, of course, treat each case independently and would work with the vehicle's registered owner to ensure the motor vehicle and its load do not present any risk to the vehicle’s occupants or other roadway users," O'Donaghey says.

The sedan’s load-bearing ability and the weight of the snowmobile are factors that would come into play when determining the legality of such a practice.

He says if you see a vehicle you think may be unsafe, call your local police.

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