Jim Doll doesn’t understand the fuss about his “cowdalack limoosine” that boasts a horn that utters a long, low “Moooooooo.”
But Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Jon Button, hired each year by the city to help patrol during the Apple Blossom Festival, wrote him a ticket for the third year in a row, citing him for public disturbance noises.
He is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 8. The offense, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“My first words are going to be, ‘Your honor, I moooooooooove for dismissal,”’ Doll quipped.
Doll and a half-dozen supporters demonstrated Friday in front of the Chelan County Courthouse to protest the ticket. Signs included “Udderly Ridiculous!”; “Noise ordinance unfair to cows”; “Cattle for common sense”; and “Mooo for Peace!”
The tickets were dismissed in 1995 and 1996. On the 1995 ticket, Button wrote as an explanation, “Moo could be heard over 200 feet.”
On the 1996 ticket, Button wrote, “Your honor, this car was mooing. Doll has a cow horn and a recording of a moo that plays over and over. Loud music violations were cited all over town, but Doll feels he is exempt.”
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