Whilst working on Traffic I came across a very elderly lady who had broken down three streets away from her house. I offered her a lift home but she was so worried about leaving her car I felt really bad and decided to break with policy and tow her home with my Police car. I attached the tow rope told the lady to use the brake sparingly and to only use the handbrake when the foot brake functionality had gone. We set off slowly and steadily and all was going well. Suddenly, at around 30mph, I took a right hand bend only to feel a sharp jolt! I looked in the mirror to see the old ladys’ car travelling straight on and straight through the garden wall of a house. I stopped and ran back to the lady asking her what had happened? She told me it wasn’t her fault and that the steering wouldn’t turn… It was then I realised that she had taken the keys out of the ignition and the steering lock had engaged. D’oh!

Whilst working on Traffic I came across a very elderly lady who had broken down three streets away from her house. I offered her a lift home but she was so worried about leaving her car I felt really bad and decided to break with policy and tow her home with my Police car. I attached the tow rope told the lady to use the brake sparingly and to only use the handbrake when the foot brake functionality had gone. We set off slowly and steadily and all was going well. Suddenly, at around 30mph, I took a right hand bend only to feel a sharp jolt! I looked in the mirror to see the old ladys’ car travelling straight on and straight through the garden wall of a house. I stopped and ran back to the lady asking her what had happened? She told me it wasn’t her fault and that the steering wouldn’t turn… It was then I realised that she had taken the keys out of the ignition and the steering lock had engaged. D’oh!

… and that, colleagues, is why we don’t tow people in the Police!

By the way the lady was fine albeit a little shaken.