January 26th, 2012

It’ll be difficult to live that one down

Posted in The Job - General by 200

From time to time various car companies will loan cars to different police forces so they can test them out, they hope officers and fleet managers will be so impressed they’ll place an order.

Often the cars are bog-standard run of the mill cars which manufacturers might want force to go over to instead of the standard Fords and Vauxhalls. Sometimes they are high powered sporty things which everyone wants a shot at driving.

Of course, when you have a car on loan, you want to test it out but you want to make sure it’s looked after. So you might make sure that it only goes to the best drivers the force has to offer, say a traffic or ANPR Intercept officer, such as BBC One Car Wars star, PC Paul Fletcher of the Greater Manchester Police ANPR Intercept Team.

PC Fletcher was given a VW Golf R, a high powered 155mph £33,000 hot hatch.

Given the highly publicised driving expertise of the officers on that specialist unit one might be forgiven for wondering what he did around 2am in the morning at a roundabout in Manchester to result in this…..

BBC News story

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3 comments

  1. Barry says:

    I hope he will be ok but from the state of the car he looks like he is lucky to be alive.

    January 27th, 2012 at 07:58

  2. Hugh janus says:

    I always have a chuckle ( proviso-they are alive!) when those highly professional drivers of RP/traffic or whatever they are called stack a car. Oh the joy when those that have criticised the use of ‘performance cars’ by non RP/traffic , they will only crash as they aren’t as good at driving as us.
    One supposes the driver won’t be asked to stump up the cost of arsing around too fast for the conditions/their skill level especially as the tax payer will fund it anyway. Oh how the public will sympathise.
    Driver’s a complete cock, no excuses.

    January 27th, 2012 at 22:29

  3. R/T says:

    Yup! Just ran out of talent.

    January 28th, 2012 at 08:47

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