The Gores do love their hybrids. And now there is evidence of their versatility. Al Gore III, the 24-year-old son of the former vice President cranked up his Toyota Prius to a paint-stripping 100mph on the San Diego freeway yesterday.
Trouble was the police saw him do it. Even worse, when they pulled the young man over, they smelled marijuana and, on further investigation, found a small quantity of the illegal substance in the car alongside a collection of other medications including Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall.
"He does not have a prescription for any of those drugs," Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Country Sheriff's department said, adding that the younger Gore was being held in jail on bail of $20,000.
He said Mr Gore's blue Prius had been stopped by a police patrol at 2.15am on Wednesday.
The incident was a most unwelcome Independence Day surprise to his greener-than-thou father, who may have done more to promote the Prius than even its Japanese makers.
It comes as Gore Sr also finds himself pressured to join the 2008 presidential race. No candidate, however, would welcome family scandals of this ilk, particularly where drugs are concerned.