Beaufort West policemen believe they have found the dumbest criminal, who left his ID book behind in a hijacked vehicle. More details in our motoring tales.

Talk about dumb…

Beaufort West policemen believe they have found the dumbest criminal, who left his ID book behind in a hijacked vehicle.

According to the , two men hijacked a goods truck, carrying mayonnaise, on its way from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

They tied up the driver and threw him into the back of the truck and continued to Beaufort West. But when they saw traffic officials on the road they panicked and abandoned the truck.

One of the men, in his haste, left behind his identity book, driver’s licence and firearm licence. “All we have to do is pick him up,” said a police spokesman.

Ambulance in trouble

An ambulance in Edinburgh received a R900 fine after parking on the yellow lines while helping a patient.

According to the , the ambulance crew were helping a wheelchair-bound pensioner from her flat when a passing traffic official ticketed their vehicle.

Initially, the official said he had issued a fine because it was not an emergency. But the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "Our staff do an essential job of caring for patients and ensuring they get to hospitals on time."

The traffic department then apologised and retracted the fine, saying it would improve the training of its officers.

Rabbit punch

A motorist in Romania was fined for not stopping for a rabbit.

Nicolae Balaita was fined R150 for hitting and killing the rabbit.

Balaita said he hit the rabbit as he could not stop in time. "I decided to go to the nearest police station because my car's bumper was broken and I thought I'd have problems later if I didn't report the incident,” he said.

But the policeman, an animal lover, fined Balaita. "When the policeman saw blood on my car, he went completely crazy. He fined me, checked my blood-alcohol levels and wouldn't accept my excuse," Balaita said.

When questioned about the fine, the police said it was the right decision. "A rabbit today, may be a child tomorrow. Speed restrictions are in force in the area and they must be obeyed. From the dent it's clear he was going too fast," said the spokesman.