A glittery traffic stop: Gold-painted man arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run

Gold man in Oakland

A man covered in gold paint was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after officials say he hit three cars in Berkeley.

(CHP Oakland)

A man slathered in gold spray paint was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday after he hit three cars in the Berkeley area, authorities said.

An off-duty police officer spotted the 21-year-old driver and followed him to an offramp, where a wheel fell off his car, forcing him to pull over. 

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“We received a description of the suspect as being ‘gold,’ ” the California Highway Patrol said in a statement. 


The officer approached the vehicle and realized the description was spot-on: The man was covered head to toe in gold, and his steering wheel was covered in patches of paint.

The man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

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