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Douglas Allen Hatley of Lakeland found out the hard way. The seventy-one year old is looking at a grand theft charge after he did just that. He drove the utility pole to a recycling center after strapping it on his car.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers got involved after they were called about the incident taking place near I-75.

According to Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Steve Gaskins, Hatley drove the pole loaded on the roof to a recycling facility on Harney Road.

The recycling company did not accept the pole for recycling because Hatley did not present the proper documentation.

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Marc Charles has worked in Radio since 2005. Marc has been active in media in Detroit, Ohio, Canada, and Florida. When he's not blogging for Money Talk Radio, he covers UFC. Follow Marc on social media @TheLegalManMarc & @TheOctagram.