Utah Police Chief Uses His Cat To Pull Hilarious April Fools’ Joke On Speeding Driver

“By law we can only do an exterior sniff without a warrant.”

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"Officer Froo Froo" with the Salina City Police Department's "Feline Unit" inspects the car for drugs. Via Salina City Police/Facebook
John Virata

This might be the funniest April Fools’ Day joke by a cat and a police officer (it’s also probably the only April Fools’ Day joke involving a cat and cop).

Utah’s Salina City Police Department Chief Eric Pratt apparently had wanted to pull off an April Fools’ Day joke with his cat for quite some time, and finally got his chance after he pulled over one family for speeding. Lucky for us, Pratt recorded the joke and posted the video to the Salina City Police Department Facebook page, so we all can laugh along.

In the video, Pratt pulls a driver over, asks the driver the usual questions, and then tells him how fast he was clocked at (91 mph in a 80-mph zone). The driver throws up his arms, conceding he was caught speeding. Pratt then asks for the man’s driver’s license then immediately goes into his joke, asking what the odor is coming from the vehicle.

SCPD "Feline Unit" April Fool's Prank

Before anyone gets too carried away (there's always a few), no tax payer dollars were spent in relation to this video. The few minutes of fuel will be paid for by me, I'm a salaried employee and this is on my own time, and last but not least, my sweet cat Froo Froo was not injured during this incident. The stop was legitimate (speeding), and my decision to give a warning was legitimate (I regularly warn for 11 over, which is what the stop was for). Smile people, it's April Fool's Day!

Posted by Salina City Police on Friday, April 1, 2016

“Do you have any controlled substances in the vehicle?” Pratt asks.

The driver says no, and Pratt then asks “Are you sure?” When the driver says yeah, Pratt then says he will need to check the vehicle with a non-existent “feline unit.”

The driver and passenger reacts when Officer Pratt tells them that there is no feline unit and the stop was an April Fools joke. Via Salina City Police/Facebook

“I’m with the feline unit, the police department’s feline unit, and I do have my feline partner with me, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to deploy my cat outside your vehicle and if the cat indicates the odor of a controlled substance, we’re going to go from there OK?” Pratt says in the video.

When the driver agrees, Pratt tells him that his feline is certified to indicate the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

“We’ll bring the feline out and his indications is he will meow three times in a row,” Pratt continues. “And if he meows three times in a row, that is a positive indication OK, that’s what we’re looking for.”

Pratt goes to retrieve the cat and introduces him to the family in the car.

“This is, uh, Officer Froo Froo,” he says, somehow managing not to crack up with laughter. “She’s been with the department for eight years, and has been certified for six of those years.

Pratt then asks the occupants of the car to roll down their windows and proceeds to walk around the car, holding “Officer Froo Froo.” When Pratt gets back onto the shoulder of the highway he questions the woman passenger in the middle seat if she has anything on her, or if she has a lot of cats, because Officer Froo Froo definitely seemed to take an interest in her. At this point Pratt has to stop the joke because he can’t contain himself anymore. He fesses up and tells the driver and passengers that the stop was an April Fools’ Day joke, and there is no feline unit.

After Officer Pratt let’s the driver and passengers in on the joke, he let’s the driver off with a warning. Via Salina City Police/Facebook

After Officer Pratt let’s the driver and passengers in on the joke, he let’s the driver off with a warning. Via Salina City Police/Facebook

“I’m sorry. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while to someone on April Fools’ and had to try it.”

“Do you guys forgive me?” Pratt asks.

“I don’t know yet,” the driver says. But after a few seconds changes his tune.

“That is the ultimate,” the driver says about getting pranked.

After the reveal, the driver and passengers pull out their cell phones to get a photo of Officers Pratt and Froo Froo.

“I’ll put her back and get your ID back,” Pratt says. “And if you’ll slow down for me, and don’t make a complaint to my city, we’ll call it good OK?”

And the driver fully agrees.

“Thanks for playing along!” Pratt says. “It was fun!”

Pratt noted in the Facebook post that no tax payer dollars were spent in relation to this video and that his feline partner was not harmed during the incident. He also said he regularly gives warnings to drivers traveling 11 mph over the speed limit.

We think it’s safe to say most people would rather be pranked by a police officer than receive a speeding ticket from one.

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