• Dec 15, 2010
Getting pulled over by the police for speeding is among the more unpleasant feelings a driver can experience. But while a ticket can most certainly ruin someone's day, for some reason, most ticketed motorists feel compelled to tell everyone they know the backstory that led to the dastardly fine. The stories are rarely overly interesting, but every once in a while a real Pulitzer-eligible tale unfolds.

A New Zealand driver has just such a yarn to spin after he was pulled over twice in two years by the same cop. In two different countries. 12,000 miles apart. The Daily Mail reports that the unnamed driver was pulled over by officer Andy Flitton in the UK two years ago and again recently in New Zealand. The unlucky driver, who island-hopped to New Zealand after 12 years in the UK, recognized the ticket-giver as the same man who caught him breaking the law on the A5 near London. The officer had recently relocated south after 26 years on the force in England.

Even though the driver was out a good chunk of change for the two infractions, at least the driver can lay claim to the most interesting ticket officer Flitton has ever written.

[Source: Daily Mail | Image: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty]


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got pulled over twice in 10 feet by the same cop in DC.

      They had a guy standing in the middle of the street at the border between Maryland and DC and apparently he pointed me out to the waiting units that I was on the cell phone. I just wasn't though. I pulled up my call log which showed the last call I made was the day before. So I told the cop that unless he believes I've been on the phone continuously for 12 hours he has no grounds to give me a ticket. He seemingly politely agreed and let me on my way. I start my Miata up and don't even get the clutch completely engaged before he hits his lights and sirens again and pulls me over again. This time he accuses me of not having a street legal exhaust system. Being from California I'm used to having to explain that my Borla system is on the loud side but completely within reason, DOT, and CARB approved. This prick made me prove it. So we climbed on the ground I pointed out the stock cat and Borla stamped muffler. He still was not satisfied so I had to log onto Borla's website to prove to him the system's certifications.

      I got pulled over more times in my two semesters on the East Coast than I have in my entire driving career, and I got no tickets! Luckily they never caught me actually being naughty... that's what West Virginia was invented for!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would have expected him to get a break. "Oh it's good to see you again officer! ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd go to court and claim police harassment. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      My sister's been pulled over by the same cop in under 15 minutes. Guess that's the other end of the spectrum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The best story I ever heard was getting stopped by the same cop, one minute later, for the same crime, one foot from the first spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same thing (kind of) happened to my dad. Got pulled over for speeding, over the limit by 20-30kph, cop let him off. Then about a week later he was driving late at night on the highway, noticed a car following close behind, tailgating in fact, slowed down, car didn't pass, slowed down more, still didn't pass. Turns out it was a cruiser which then proceeds to pull him over. So he comes to the window and asks why he's going to slow, to which my dad responds 'well you were tailgating me, I figured I'd allow you to pass'. It ends up being the same officer as the week before, he says, 'well last week you were going too fast, this time too slow so they kind of cancel each other out' and he lets him go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He must've just had his KKs... It's the only explanation.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only difference being that this happened in the same area...not in two separate countries
      • 4 Years Ago
      Trying to catch him riding dirty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL I was thinking about this again today because it's so weired. The chances are incredible and you almost want to through some kind of party or award ceremony for these two guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better than the 400 USDs in photo radar tickets that Hertz New Zealand sent me the last time I was there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This wasn't interesting til I read the part that he got the second ticket in another country.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what. I saw a woman get pulled over twice in the 60 miles between Seattle and Olympia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what? Your story "sucks", this however happened in different *countries*, different *continents*, but still the exact same two people.

        This is like you getting a ticket in the US, moving to Africa, and then getting caught by the same cop again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is this possible if the earth is only about 7000 miles in diameter?
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