Oddly Enough

Drunken tractor driver leads police on slow chase

Farmers work with tractors on their fields near Prenzlau, north of Berlin April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - A drunk German sparked a slow-speed police chase after stealing a tractor to get home from a nightclub after his girlfriend left without him, said police, who used pepper spray to try to stop the vehicle.

“After his girlfriend abandoned him in a night club, the 23-year-old driver, who doesn’t own a license, commandeered the vehicle to make his way home,” a police spokesman said on Monday.

Six police cars began trailing the tractor, which was chugging along at 20 km (12 miles) an hour, after they were alerted to the theft at about 5 a.m. Saturday.

Officers tried holding up stop signs and directing pepper spray through the open window to bring the driver to a halt.

They then tried unsuccessfully to end his getaway by throwing nail belts on the road, but the tractor’s tires proved too thick, said the police spokesman.

The 40-minute chase finally came to an end when officers shot at the tractor’s tires after it rammed into a police car and collided with another vehicle.

Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Sophie Hares