(TMU) — A group of police officers in India who attempted to go on a joyride with a car they had seized ended up locked it for three hours after the owner triggered a safety feature when he noticed via GPS that the car had been taken out of the police impound lot.
The owner tracked the vehicle to Nai Basti village in Lakhimpur Kheri district, which was far from the impound lot where he was promised it would be kept. The officers said they were taking the vehicle to investigate a case, but they still were not authorized to drive it off of the impound lot.
According to the Hindustan Times:
“The policemen — one sub-inspector and two constables posted at Lucknow’s Gomtinagar police station — went to Lakhimpur Kheri district reportedly to investigate a case on Wednesday in a 2018 model SUV, which was seized on Tuesday night after a squabble between two parties.”
After the incident, the owner of the vehicle filed a complaint with the Lucknow Police, alleging that the police misused his car.
A statement from Lucknow Police commissioner Sujeet Pandey’s officer reads:
“SHO (station house officer) Gomtinagar, Pramendra Kumar Singh, has been sent to the spot to probe the incident. Action will be taken against the guilty.”
While it is not clear the exact make and model of the vehicle that was “borrowed” by the police officers, it does appear to be a fairly expensive car with a sophisticated security system that allows the owner to track the vehicle with GPS at any time. The owner also has the ability to stop the engine and lock all the doors if they believe that the car has been stolen. If this does end up happening, the car can only be restarted after the owner sends the password to the micro controller.
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