A German driver was saved from a speeding fine after a white dove flew in front of his car and obscured his face from a police camera

Polizei ViersenA white dove covered a German driver’s face when he was caught speeding.
  • A German driver avoided a $US117 speeding ticket when a white dove flew in front of his car.
  • The bird covered his face, so he could not be identified and fined.
  • Police joked that the dove was a sign that the Holy Spirit was protecting the driver.
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A German driver avoided a speeding ticket when a white dove flew in front of his car, blocking his face from a speed camera. The authorities in the western city of Viersen could not fine him without identifying him.

Police shared the incident in a Facebook post riddled with biblical puns.

They joked that the Holy Spirit sent the bird there to protect the driver, making a reference to white doves symbolizing the third person of the Holy Trinity.

“We got the hint, and will leave the speeder in peace this time,” the post said.

Authorities said a speed trap caught the man driving 24 km/h (15 mph) faster than the speed limit last Tuesday. Normally, he would have been fined 105 euros ($US117)

“Thanks to this feathered guardian angel with its carefully spread wings, the driver will be spared this time,” police wrote.

The playful post added that the dove should technically also be fined for speeding.

“But since we don’t know where it needs to be on time for Pentecost, we will also allow mercy over justice in this case.”

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