Wednesday, February 5, 2014

License To Derp

#1 Blogdaughter sends in a story of a clever crook - and a dumb cop...

Crook busts cop for speeding at 140 mph
A British constable has been suspended after being cited for speeding by a prisoner he was transporting, The Sunday Times reports.

The police officer from the Durham Constabulary in Northern England was transferring the convict from the city of Leeds to a police station in Darlington when they got to talking about the car they were in and the passenger asked how fast it could go.
I don't know. Maybe there's more to this story, but it really sounds like this cop isn't all that bright.140 MPH to satisfy a crook's curiosity? Brilliant move, Bob. It's a good thing this wasn't an armed copper and the guy asked how many rounds his magazine held - Einstein might have fired out the window until the gun was empty.

And then you have to wonder... How did they know that the cop actually hit 140 MPH? Did the crook just tell them that, or did they check the car's black box? Britain is pretty big on spying on their subjects; perhaps they caught the speeding police car on film. It's hard to fathom how this guy thought he'd get away with this, even if the crook hadn't ratted him out.

On the other hand, we know not to try to run from BMW police cars...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Psh, 140 in a cop car? Izzat all?

You haven't lived until you've been passed at 70 by an EIGHTEEN WHEELER doing 140!!!! I was on a motorcycle and tried to match speed, just to see how crazy he was being, and I backed off hard at 110, with the truck still dwindling in the distance.

And no, not a Maine logging truck, either. Southern New Mexico, on a stretch of road that's long, level, and straight for about 30 miles. If there's any paved simulation of Bonneville, it's there, except for the dodging other traffic bit, of course.

Anonymous said...

Europe - so the speedo was in Kilometers per hour. That's more like 90 mph - still speeding but not as dramatic. They don't have both units on their speedometers as we do. It would take 225 Kph to be 140 mph. Wasn't a link so I didn't read the story, I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2, Anonymous 1 here again:

I think England still uses miles per hour, so 140 really would still be 140.

Douglas2 said...

I can confirm that UK cars have speedos marked in MPH, the speed limits are posted in MPH (when they are posted -- there is a symbol sign which means "national speed limit", and you are supposed to know both what official class of road you are on and what the designated national speed limit is for that class of road...).