Driver's 'most interesting' way to cheat the HOV lane fails

FIFE, Wash. -- Troopers don't always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer "dos" passengers.

A motorcycle trooper parked along the left shoulder of I-5 South in Fife Monday afternoon spotted a driver and rather unusual "passenger" pass by him in the HOV lane at 70th Avenue East. The trooper pulled the driver over and discovered the "passenger" was none other than a cardboard cutout of the actor who portrays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in beer advertisements.

Trooper Guy Gill said the driver knew immediately that he was busted, but did say of the cutout: "He's my best friend."

Gill said they see sleeping bags and other props from people trying to cheat the HOV lane, but this was by far the best.

The Most Interesting Man was not confiscated, but the driver was told not to use him again.

And he got a $124 fine.