Police: Man cited for securing mattress to car with his body

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 25, 2013 

A man and woman were arrested for reckless conduct after police observed the woman driving with a mattress on her roof — and the man lying on top of the mattress, according to a Columbus police report.

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, patrolling officers saw a Jeep driving on 2nd Avenue, near 38th Street, with an unsecured mattress on its roof.

After initiating a traffic stop, the officer reportedly asked the driver, Samantha Tate, why there was a man lying on her mattress, and no straps.

"Our ratchet straps broke," she said, according to the report.

Both she and the man, William Schaetzly, were issued a principal summons for reckless conduct; their court date is in early November.

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