Lost Doll Shuts Down Freeway
Monday, August 15, 2005
English police shut down a major highway Friday — to retrieve a child's toy.
Amy Osborn, 10, was riding in her family's car as it sped down the M11 (search) between Cambridge and London when Tyrone, her stuffed tiger, flew out of the open sunroof.
"There must have been some sort of vortex which whipped him off Amy's lap and shot him out of the car," her father Simon told London's Daily Mirror. "She started bawling."
The family got off at the next exit and doubled back, but found that Tyrone had landed in the central median, right in the middle of six lanes of speeding traffic.
"In desperation, we thought we would call the highway police," Simon Osborn told the BBC. "They called us when we got home and said they had managed to retrieve the little thing — and popped it in the post for us."
Essex county Police Constable Al Cuthbertson was on highway patrol when he got the call, a police spokesman told British reporters.
"Having children of his own and knowing the importance of soft toys to their owners, PC Cuthbertson kept his eyes peeled," the spokesman said. "A short time later Tyrone was spotted on the motorway and successfully captured."
Cuthbertson called in other officers to set up a rolling roadblock, which gave him space to dart out of his patrol car and pick up the doll.
"Tyrone continues his adventures as he travels from Essex to Ramsgate, Kent, courtesy of Royal Mail," said the police spokesman.
Amy was told he would reach her at home in Ramsgate, about 50 miles east of London, by Monday.
Dude. Your fuckin' kid threw it out of the car. There was no fuckin' Vortex !
[Jayne] "Six men came to kill me one time, and the best of them carried this. It's a Callahan FullBore AutoLock,customized trigger and double cartridge thorough-guage. It's my very favorite gun." [/Jayne]