Published: 11 Jul 2012 17:37 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 11 Jul 2012 17:37 GMT+02:00
A 26-year-old motorist who advised a policeman to wipe his bottom with a traffic ticket has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a court in northern Norway.
The stunned constable took major offence at the rear-end remark, but Indre Finnmark district court said the slur was not serious enough for a judge to find the driver guilty of insulting an officer.
The 26-year-old from Lakselv, 1,800 kilometres north of Oslo, was stopped in January by police in Børselv, around 40 kilometres from his home town.
The picky police officer informed the driver that he was breaking the law by driving with fog lights and main beams in weather conditions that didn’t warrant such a combination.
The policeman then issued the motorist with a 7,200 kronor ($1,200) fine. But rather than accept his fine, the irate car owner told the officer what he could with the ticket, and where.
Pleading not guilty, the defendant told the court he believed he was justified in turning on two sets of lights after a fresh snowfall and with the car immediately in front of him churning up snow from the road.
He said his indecent proposal was fuelled by anger at the officer’s refusal to listen to his explanation.
In a double victory for the driver, the court also cleared him of the alleged traffic offence.