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'Fred Flinstone' Pulled Over In Florida For Speeding In 'Footmobile'

Flinstone was cited for his "speed" and became "unruly," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said in its tongue-in-cheek message.

By Jill Sederstrom

Don't toy with me, Barn. Fred Flinstone is back and is apparently foot-pedaling his way through the streets of Florida in a custom-made footmobile.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office stopped the caveman, clad in his orange animal print tunic and signature blue tie, in the "Meadow Bedrock Pointe Subdivision" earlier this month on an alleged speeding violation.

"Mr. Flinstone was issued a citation for speed and became unruly and had to be detained," police said in a statement on Facebook.

The barefoot bronto crane operator at Slate Rock and Gravel Company was issued a notice to appear after the traffic stop and was later released, deputies said.

Deputy H. Echevarria seized the vehicle, which is now part of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's fleet, they said in their tongue-in-cheek statement.

"This is what intelligence-led policing looked like in the stone age," they wrote.

While the traffic stop was as fictional as the TV show it was based on, Pasco County Sheriff's department said they hoped the funny message highlighted the real world importance of obeying the traffic rules, according to local news station Fox 13.

Don Swartz, the man who playfully posed as Fred Flinstone, had apparently decked out a Smart car to transform it into the footmobile made famous in the long-running cartoon, complete with animal print seats.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office thanked the Florida resident for his cooperation.

"A very special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Don and Trina Swartz for being such great sports...Yabba Dabba Doo!," they wrote.

[Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

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