A Minnesota man was taken to jail despite handing police officers a "Get Out of Jail Free" card from the classic Monopoly board game.
The curious story began when Dakota County Deputy Mike Vai pulled over a vehicle that was registered to someone who was wanted on a warrant. During the traffic stop, Vai noticed that the vehicle's passenger was not wearing a seat belt.
When he ran the passenger's ID through his system, he discovered that the man was wanted on a fifth-degree controlled substance warrant.
Vai began a search of the suspect's person, and that's when he came across the "Get Out of Jail Free" card. The 35-year-old suspect reportedly told Vai that he carries the card around with him "just in case," according to the New York Post.
According to Monopoly rules, the "Get Out of Jail Free Card" "may be kept until needed or sold. When not having this card you must wait three turns (unless doubles are rolled on any of those turns) then, after the third roll, you get out of jail AND must pay a fine of $50."
The suspect was ultimately arrested and taken to jail, where his bail was set at $5,000. And while he was not allowed to pass "Go" or collect $200, he did make an impression on the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.
On June 26, the sheriff's office posted an image of the Monopoly card on its Facebook page.
"We appreciate the humor! Deputy Vai arrested a gentleman this weekend on an outstanding warrant," the post said. "He carried this Monopoly card just in case. 'A' for effort!"
When asked by a Facebook user whether the man carries the card with him at all times, the sheriff's office responded that he "probably still will" and added that they "had no reason to take it."
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office uses social media to connect with the community and show that police officers don't spend all their time arresting people. On June 20, the sheriff's office responded to a hostile comment in the following manner:
We have a great relationship with our community and this page is a great way for us to interact and let people know what we represent and how we conduct ourselves as professionals. Comments like this are in poor taste. If you would like to get to know us better, please let us know and we will be more than happy to make time. You would find that we genuinely care about those we serve. We have families as well and know how we would want them treated by other law enforcement agencies. We hold ourselves to very high expectations. Thanks for listening.