A driver zooming down a road in Viersen, Germany, caught an unexpected break when a speed cameras snapped his photo and his face wasn’t visible in it.
The driver was so lucky that a white dove flew in front of his car at the exact right moment, prompting the police to decide against pursuing him and crack instead a joke about how the Holy Spirit had intervened on his behalf, the BBC reports.
“It was no coincidence the Holy Spirit” intervened for the driver, the police joke, adding that the man would be spared the €105 fine he would otherwise get for doing 54 km/h in a 30 km/h zone.
“We have understood the sign and leave the speeder in peace this time,” the police continue, referring to the Christian symbol of a white dove. “We hope that the protected speeder likewise understands this ‘hint from above’ and drives appropriately in the future.”
“Thanks to the feathered guardian angel with seemingly carefully spread wings” the driver would be spared the fine, the police continue, adding that the dove too was probably speeding and should have been fined. “However, since we do not know where it has to be on time for Pentecost, we will allow mercy over justice here too,” the cops joke.
All jokes aside, the police could only identify the car based on the photo, and not the driver himself. Trying to locate him and prove it was him at the wheel would have probably cost them more than the fine they could have charged from him.