CMV Inspector Discovers Adorable Unauthorized Passenger

Lebec, CA – A California Highway Patrol (CHP) inspection specialist got quite an adorable surprise Wednesday morning during a routine inspection of a commercial motor vehicle.

Officer E. Ruiz with CHP’s Grapevine division told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) inspector David Sanchez was working the graveyard shift and performed an inspection on a local construction truck around 4:30 a.m.


When Sanchez shined his light right above the fifth wheel, he saw a kitten stuck “near axle two or three,” Ruiz said.

While surprised by the adorable stowaway, Sanchez went to work to safely remove the kitten.

The truck’s driver was equally surprised and had no idea he was transporting an unauthorized passenger.

Thankfully, the kitten was unharmed, though Ruiz admitted “he wasn’t too friendly.”


The men called a local animal control facility to come collect the little fella and get him checked out by a vet.

Wanting to share the feel-good story, Ruiz posted it on CHP’s Facebook page with the photos.

“When you have nine lives I guess it’s okay to live life on the edge,” he stated.

Many who saw the post (jokingly) questioned if the furry feline resulted in an out of service order for the trucker.


To that, Ruiz laughed and confirmed a clean inspection.

“The driver got away!” he told TNN.

(Editor’s Note: For the record, we aren’t too friendly at 4:30 a.m. either.)


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