When is a taxi not a taxi?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

AB­BOTS­FORD, B.C. — A drunk driver in Ab­bots­ford, B.C., is get­ting no sym­pa­thy for a be­lated de­ci­sion to pocket his car keys and grab a cab. Ab­bots­ford Po­lice say the sus­pect pulled his ve­hi­cle over be­side what he thought was a taxi, jumped in and mut­tered “get me outta here buddy, cops are ev­ery­where tonight.” Turns out the taxi was ac­tu­ally an idling po­lice car, and the of­fi­cer wasted no time in tak­ing the man di­rectly to jail. In a tweet, Ab­bots­ford Po­lice put the man’s gaffe at the top of their latest list of ex­cuses heard by of­fi­cers hand­ing out tick­ets in the Fraser Val­ley ju­ris­dic­tion. Other favourites on the list in­clude the driver who ad­mit­ted to speed­ing be­cause of both­er­some hem­or­rhoids, prompt­ing the of­fi­cer’s tongue-in-cheek apol­ogy for mak­ing the mo­torist sit even longer. The of­ten hi­lar­i­ous list of bad­driver ex­cuses was viewed 16,000 times by Tues­day, when it was posted on so­cial media as part of the Ab­bots­ford Po­lice De­part­ments bid to raise road safety aware­ness.

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