Google Streetview Driver Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009 13:39

Google Streetview Driver ArrestedIt would appear that Google Streetview drivers think they are a law unto themselves. However, one such driver in Bradford thought he'd quickly nip down a lane that was  meant for buses and taxis only, but wasn't expecting the long arm of the law to be behind him. He also didn't realise the whole thing would be documented on Google Maps!

Chris Whiteoak, a resident of Bradford, was quite happily walking along during his lunch-break when he noticed the Google car, and decided to snap a quick picture. Little did he know that he was about to witness a police chase of epic proportions.
I’m from Bradford, United Kingdom. I was just going on my lunch break at work today and i noticed a black car that had stopped at a red light. It had a "google" sticker on the side, and a large camera "thing" on the top.

I decided to pull out my camera phone to take a pic, but just as i did a police car pulled up right behind it and put on it’s lights and officer inside was motioning the car to pull over.

I then realised why, as the car was in the lane to go straight ahead, which was marked "bus / bicycle / taxi only", before i could take another pic, the google car sped off, went nearly the whole way round the block in busy Bradford city centre (the police still following now with lights and siren on!), before eventually pulling into a car park… which just happened to be the car park to the old police station!!!

When i eventually caught up i did manage to get a picture of the police car and the Google car pulled over in the car park, after which the officer got out of the car and started asking me not to take pictures! lol

Also, I’m hoping when they put the street level view for Bradford on google maps, am hoping there will be a cheeky pic of me taking a pic of the google car, which i can then upload to google earth my pic of the google car taking a pic of me (if that makes sense?!? lol)
Well Chris, there is! There's also pictures of the police car, with blues and twos, chasing the Google car. Very funny.

The Google Streetview Car about to break the law.
Where the epic police chase started. Here's our intrepid reporter Chris about to snap off a shot. Oh dear, is that a police car in the distance, just past the roadworks?
The police car looking object gets closer as the Google car goes into forbidden territory. Yep, that's definitely a police car. Round the corner, with sirens blaring, the police car senses victory and pulls over as the Gcar slows to a stop.
People stare as they watch the police bring criminals to justice. Hang on! The Gcar was just stopping at the lights. The police rush back to their patrol vehicle as the chase resumes! Still with sirens blaring and lights flashing the tenacious policeman doesn't lose his quarry.
The police car is so close now, it's somehow merged with the gCar!Over on the left is the area where the criminal gCar was brought to justice. The gCar, finally giving up the run, pulls into the carpark.
Closely followed by the police.Chris finally catches up with the chase and catches the victorious police claiming their prize.

Well done the police, and well done Chris for being at the right place at the right time. 

If you want to follow the journey for yourself on Google Street view, click here.
For a map of the route click here.

Thanks to Neatorama for the original story. 

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