A Doncaster police officer has become the subject of ridicule among his colleagues after reporting his own unmarked police car as a stolen vehicle.
The unnamed PC was tracking down a suspect in Doncaster, and was using an unmarked police car to knock on some doors.
It’s highly embarrassing, but policemen are only human and make mistakes.
But after getting nowhere by knocking on doors he decided to used automatic number plate recognition to find out if the suspect’s motor was parked in the street.
To his shock he discovered a silver Vauxhall Corsa and, not realising it was the car he’d just stepped out of, contacted his colleagues to report a stolen police car.
However, when his colleague arrived on the scene, the red-faced officer was told: ‘That’s our bloody car, you’ve just got out of it.’
The gaffe was revealed in this week’s Police Magazine.
A police source said: ‘There are a few unmarked pool cars which officers can use as and when they need them.
‘This officer obviously didn’t clock the car he was using and radioed it in as a potentially stolen police car – it’s highly embarrassing, but policemen are only human and make mistakes.’