In Montgomery County, even Batman has to have a license plate. On his Batmobile, no less.
On March 21, police stopped the Caped Crusader - or, at least, an incredible facsimile - in White Oak because they couldn’t see a license plate. On Thursday, Montgomery County Police released the dashcam video of the stop.
It's apparent from the video that these fellow crime fighters hold each other in high regard. It was handshakes all around.
Batman said he was on his way to an appearance at Georgetown University Hospital. And he showed them the non-Bat, civilian license plate was in the car.
Soon he was on his way, free to meet the kids and presumably recruit them to a life of crime fighting.
"Got no license plate, he's got Batman on it, he's dressed like Batman."
In nearly 30 years with Montgomery County Police, Officer Paul Borja says this traffic stop was truly a first.
"Not too often you pull over a superhero," Borja said.
The traffic stop happened in the White Oak area of Silver Spring on Route 29. Borja says he noticed the not-exactly state-approved Batman symbol license plate before he noticed the Caped Crusader himself.
"I walked up and there's Batman, and I said Batman the reason I pulled you over is that you didn't have any tags," he said.
Borja asked for Batman's registration and the Dark Knight had a little trouble finding it, having to get out and walk around to the passenger side of his Lamborghini to locate it.
"I said what is your name. And I was expecting Bruce, and he says Lenny," Borja said.
Batman's real name is Lenny Robinson, a Baltimore businessman. He was seen earlier visiting children at several hospitals and posing with that license tag that got him in trouble.
And, just like he told the cops in Montgomery County, his mission is to cheer up children who are in the hospital.
It's all a part of the Hope for Henry Foundation, created by a local couple who lost their little boy, Henry, to a rare genetic disease. They are trying to make life happier for other children. Henry got to meet his favorite superhero batman before he died at 7-years-old in 2002.
And you might see Lenny - or Batman - on the streets again next week. He has another gig lined up with the Hope for Henry Foundation visiting children at a hospital in Baltimore.