Cops Photograph Car with Massive Christmas Tree Tied to Its Roof

Giant Tree
Sudbury Police Facebook

Many people on Facebook thought it was a stunt right out of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

While many Americans are getting into the Christmas spirit in the days following Thanksgiving, one driver clearly took it to new heights when he chopped down a Christmas tree that was far too large for the roof of his vehicle. 

Struck by the sight, police in the Massachusetts town of Sudbury posted an image of the massive tree tied to the roof of a compact car on Facebook Friday. 

“Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly,” the caption read. “One of our officers stopped this vehicle on Route 20 today!” 

In the image, the tree virtually eclipses the car and even hangs off the sides and stretches well beyond the back of the vehicle. It is unclear whether it dangles on the driver's windshield and obstructs viewing. 

Despite the obvious danger of the stunt, some of the department's Facebook followers have found humor in the situation.

“Must be Chevy Chase,” one person wrote, in reference to the actor’s famous character Clark Griswold persona in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 

Another asked, “Clark Griswold in Sudbury?”     

No citation was given and they were given a warning by the police officer.

“My reaction was I wish they used better judgement,” Sudbury Chief of Police Scott Nix told “It was unsafe to operate [the vehicle]. The officer stopped the car and helped secure it in a better manor and put caution tape around it. We wanted to ensure their safety and the safety of others.” 

Nix said that there are dangers for tying a tree to a car like the family did. 

He said that the drivers would be able to see appropriately, and if something dangerous did happen the way the tree covered the door it would be difficult for passengers to get out. He added that it was hazard to other drivers on the road because they could be distracted by it and not pay attention to traffic.