During my time from serving on the thin blue line in East London, my only real ‘claim to fame’ was that I pulled over Rod Stewart’s £150,000 Mercedes as it was being driven out of the Canary Wharf complex (well over ten years ago now).
His driver, at the time, made some odd maneuvers when changing lane so a quick ‘Q & A’ was in order – just to make sure that everything was ok.
Although Mr Stewart was sat in the back, there wasn’t much ‘engagement’ unfortunately. In the end, no driving offences were apparent, so off they went.
However, Cops in Canada have managed to speak the ‘real’ Batman as he drove his supercar, I’m assuming, back towards his Batcave!? And, let’s face it, you don’t get more ‘A’ list when it comes to the celebrity world than Batman.
In footage that has emerged online, a marked Police car gets behind the Batmobile before turning on their lights in an attempt to pull Batman over.
We’re assuming that, had he of wanted to, then Batman could have quite easily sped away as I am pretty sure that his car would be quicker than a Police SUV. However, he did actually stop.
Upon stopped, a very convincing Batman literally leaped out of the driver’s seat and spoke to the Police Officer.
The Officer, with the Ontario Provincial Police, looked a bit bemused at the whole thing, but started to speak with ‘Batman’ – no doubt in order to make sure that he was ‘ok’ and that his car was actually road legal.
Batman, or in this case, Stephen Lawrence, later came forward after the video of his encounter with the Police went viral on social media.
He told reporters from CBC Canada that he wasn’t stopped for his driving, but was instead stopped because the inquisitive cops wanted to take a picture of his car.
He said: “I don’t want to get the Officer into any trouble at all, because they get excited when they see something unusual”.
Mr Lawrence also added that he had tried to flag the same Officer down moments earlier, as he was concerned that other motorists were trying to take a picture of his car. Maybe the Police Officer was just following up on his attempts to try and flag her down?
Lawrence admitted that he ‘dresses up’ as Batman as he feels that he has a ‘personal connection’ with the fictitious crime-fighting character.
Personally, I am amazed that he does not ‘pimp’ himself out, as I am sure that people would pay quite a few dollars to see ‘Batman’ turn up at their children’s party.
Mr Lawrence added that a short while after he tried to flag the Police officer down in order to speak to her about his concerns regarding his fellow motorists, he noticed that she was behind him in her Police car and within minutes she had indicated for him to pull over.
He said: ‘I pulled over, jumped out and asked the OPP officer, “is everything OK?”. It was at this point that Mr Lawrence said the Officer asked for a picture.
I am fairly sure, however, that the Police Officer probably just wanted to make sure that the ‘batmobile’ was road-legal rather than pulling him over JUST for a picture.
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