THIS WEEK IN 1973: Man given wee fine for police car damage

Once the officer's petrol tank was refilled with pure petrol, his vehicle ran as normal

Once the officer's petrol tank was refilled with pure petrol, his vehicle ran as normal

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A former Hampshire police cadet’s joke on a village constable misfired in more ways than one, after he incurred fines for urinating in a PC’s car’s petrol tank.

Isle of Wight magistrates at Newport heard a man admit that when he saw a car belonging to PC Colin Thomas outside Freshwater Social Club one night, he ‘did a silly thing’.

James Ellis, prosecuting, said the man also disconnected two spark plug leads.

He said: ‘The officer was left to make a somewhat erratic trip home.’

The culprit was fined £15 for ‘damaging’ three gallons of petrol, and £5 for tampering with the engine. He admitted both offences.

Despite writing a letter of apology to the inconvenienced officer, he was ordered to pay for a tank of urine-free petrol.

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