Cheektowaga, NY – A municipal highway employee was arrested on misdemeanor charges after he painted one of the department’s snow plows with a pro-Trump slogan.
Cheektowaga Highway Department employee Robert Hupkowicz, 46, was tasked with preparing the snow plow for the winter weather season, Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner told The Buffalo News.
“He was supposed to scrape the rust off, clean it up,” Wegner explained.
But when he got to work on Friday, the superintendent learned that someone had painted the words “Trump 2020” in black and white spray paint on the plow and parked it in the corner of the department’s garage.
Wegner was unimpressed, but was quick to note that the plow “never made it on the street,” The Buffalo News reported.
Hupkowicz was arrested on charges of making graffiti and criminal mischief, and was subsequently released from jail on his own recognizance.
He was also suspended without pay for a period of 30 days.
Hupkowicz told WGRZ that the sign was meant to be a joke for his fellow workers, and noted that he painted the pro-Trump message on old wooden side boards that were being thrown away.
“This was meant this as a joke only for the guys in the garage. I never would’ve taken that truck out on the street,” he said. “I was just goofing around, and I never expected my boss to call the police and have me thrown in jail.”
A GoFundMe page established to show support for Hupkowicz has raised $342 so far.
“Thank you to everyone that is supporting me over my support of OUR president
The plow will be repainted Monday morning, according to The Buffalo News.
“We are obviously disappointed by the alleged actions of this town worker,” Wegner told WGRZ. “And we are thankful someone noticed this before the truck was driven out of the garage and onto the public streets.”