Fan facing penalty for unregistered couch

CLEVELAND (AP) - December 16, 2008

Meredith has a motorized sofa - the "Go-Kouch" - that he usually rides around a municipal parking lot for tailgate parties before games.

But on Nov. 23, he decided to take the couch, a converted riding mower, the extra two blocks to the Browns' stadium for a game with Houston. Meredith said several police officers waved him through. One didn't, issuing him citations for driving an unregistered vehicle and having expired plates.

Meredith pleaded not guilty and will argue his case in court Tuesday. He has prepared a defense, walking the couch route and snapping pictures of every officer who gave him the go-ahead.

He could receive fines or community service in lieu of payment if he loses.

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