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He Should've Gotten a Ticket. The 'Holy Spirit' Saved Him

Dove flies in front of German driver's face right as camera take a picture
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2019 9:14 AM CDT
Lucky break.   (Viersen Police, via Sky News)

(Newser) – A man in Germany just got out of a $120 ticket, and he has a little bird to thank—not for telling him anything, but for flying in front of his windshield at the most opportune moment. Sky News reports on a photo being shared by cops in Viersen, which was taken by a camera designed to nail speeders. The car in question was said to be going 33mph in an 18mph zone, but it looks like the driver won't pay the penalty for his infraction based on what else was caught on camera—a white dove flying in front of the man's face right as the camera took the photo.

In a tongue-in-cheek statement via the BBC, local police say it "was no coincidence the Holy Spirit" descended from the heavens to help the driver out, adding, "We have understood the sign and leave the speeder in peace this time." Meaning the guy can't be IDed and isn't getting a ticket. However, a caveat on the intervention of the serendipitous bird, which the cops describe as a "feathered guardian angel with apparently carefully spread wings": "We hope that the protected speeder likewise understands this 'hint from above' and drives appropriately in the future." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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