Water way

Making a splash: Cops pull over pickup truck turned into pool

Suspect who drove as four children frolicked in the back is facing charges of recklessness

Children frolic in a makeshift pool in the trunk of a pickup truck in June, 2023. (Israel Police)
Children frolic in a makeshift pool in the trunk of a pickup truck in June, 2023. (Israel Police)

The owner of a pickup truck from the Sharon region will have to explain to a judge why he converted the back of his vehicle into a pool and drove around as four kids frolicked in the water.

Police pulled over the car owner over the weekend near Kadima, a moshav near Netanya, the news site Walla reported. They handed him a citation summoning him to be tried for reckless driving.

The makeshift pool seems to have been a creative attempt to cope with a heat wave, the first serious one this year, that drove temperatures in the Sharon area to a crisp 37°C (98.6°F).

Photos of the car show the children wearing bathing suits sitting inside the jacuzzi-sized trunk, which the owner lined with plastic sheeting and filled with hundreds of liters of water.

The owner fastened the edges of the plastic sheeting to the outer side of the trunk with an orange pressure strap.

A video released by police shows the truck driving along an dirt path near some farming areas.

According to the Tzomet-KFS news site, the driver also took the car into traffic on Route 553 in the Sharon region with the children in the makeshift pool.

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