Tiny man charged with flashing on Hwy. 401

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Tiny Township is one of the most adorably-named parts of Ontario, but one of its residents has been accused of doing something very obscene.

Last week, Ontario Provincial Police responded to a complaint about a driver allegedly exposing himself on Hwy. 401 near Chatham-Kent.

He was allegedly exposing his genitals to another driver while driving erratically, which begs the question: is it possible to expose yourself and drive normally? Especially when you’re driving a pickup truck that sits higher off the ground than the average car.

It’s apparently easier in a small car, particularly when holding a piece of Swiss cheese. But we digress.

Tiny resident Paul Fournier, 49, is charged with committing an indecent act in a public place and will appear in court on February 25.

Canada’s nudity laws are sometimes confusing and inconsistently enforced, although courts are generally lenient as long as the nudity isn’t sexual and not harassing anyone. So skinny-dipping in a secluded lake might not get you in trouble, but flashing drivers on Canada’s busiest highway is a little more hazardous.

Committing an indecent act can net a maximum of two years in jail.

It’s been a busy month in the rural community that lies about 150 kilometres north of Toronto and is home to just over 11,000 people. Tiny made news when it recently lifted a snowmobile ban that had temporarily been enforced for insurance reasons.

It also has garnered some fame for a resident who is due to win an Oscar next month for designing a special series of camera lenses. The town also beat the odds by claiming two Lotto 6/49 jackpots in the same week.

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