Man cited for reading James Patterson behind the wheel

"Stay alive, don't novel and drive."
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 22, 2016 at 1:46 PM

EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man ticketed for distracted driving had a novel excuse -- he was engrossed in a James Patterson novel.

The Eagan Police Department said the man was pulled over on Highway 149 when an officer noticed the motorist didn't appear to be watching the road.

The officer asked the man what he was looking at and he responded that he was reading "a James Patterson book" on his tablet.

"The nicest guy, obviously not the smartest thing to do while driving. Very dangerous. But he kind of got it, knew he made a mistake and the officer went back and ended up giving him a citation," police spokesman Officer Aaron Machtemes told KMSP-TV.

Machtemes offered some advice for the James Patterson-loving driver: "Stay alive, don't novel and drive."

The spokesman said most distracted driving cases these days involve smartphones, but officers also see other unusual activities being carried out by motorists.

"Just recently, as of today, I heard of a lady with big curls in her hair and as she's driving she's taking her curls out with her knees up on the wheel," Machtemes said.

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