Police officers run into ironic obstacle
Posted on 10:18pm Wednesday 16th May 2012
Two armed police officers were caught driving along a restricted road... by electronically operated bollards. The bollards, which are designed to only let buses through, rose up under their unmarked BMW 530i. They smashed into their £30,000 patrol car in central Manchester, and were stuck their for two hours, enduring the laughter of passers-by.
Both officers now face a carpeting from their superiors over their driving escapade amid fears the vehicle could be written off. Council bosses had previously warned that motorists who crash into the bollards could face legal action for causing damage under the Road Traffic Act.
It is not known whether the two officers were following a bus when the accident occurred. The bollards are designed to lower only when buses and emergency vehicles trigger a sensor which lowers the posts, whilst the bollards rise again immediately after each vehicle has passed.
One onlooker said: ‘The police officers were absolutely mortified at what happened and were clearly very embarrassed not least because shoppers and other onlookers were laughing at them. One old guy was giving them a lecture about driving properly in Manchester whilst another was shouting “karma” because he got fined the previous weeks for doing a U-turn.’