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Police break car chase as fuel runs dry

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 14 Jul 2010, 11:33

Published: 14 Jul 2010 11:33 GMT+02:00

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"While in this case the operation was ultimately successful, it would be good if in emergencies you could fill up with fuel at any petrol station," police officer Louise Jakobsen argues in a report of the incident.

Jakobsen described how her unit was in pursuit of a speeding car from Nordmaling towards Umeå when it became clear that their vehicle, which runs on ethanol, was about to run dry.

Another vehicle involved in the chase informed other police units that they had caught sight of the offending vehicle and called in support, but Jakobsen's car was unable to continue to the destination due to a lack of fuel.

"We were thus unable to help the other unit," she said.

Furthermore when the police officers decided to stop in Hörnefos to fill up they found that the car only had an OKQ8 card and they were thus forced to drive a further 20 kilometres back to Nordmaling to be able to buy fuel.

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"One could argue that perhaps it is the unit's fault that there was no more than half a tank in the car but we had been involved in a similar chase earlier in the evening and had not had time," said Jakobsen.

While the operation was ultimately successful, the officer suggests that in the future the police should be able to use the closest petrol station, regardless of operator.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:09 July 14, 2010 by Pacey
Well I will keep this in mind. Efficient Swedes to say the least!!
12:52 July 14, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
We should nominate the Swedish police for the Darwin awards.
14:54 July 14, 2010 by beeker
Roll call muster requirments:


Ticket book

Pistol with bullet in shirt pocket (ref. Barney Fife)

Syphon hose to borrow fuel (don't bother checking fuel level before starting shift)
15:49 July 14, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
They couldn't have used thier personal card and submitted a expense report? Wow, these Keystone Cops aren't the brightest tools in the shed.
16:01 July 14, 2010 by G Kin

Either the guys are BROOK or they had to consult wives/husbands/sambos for permission to use the possibly family cards! :)
16:49 July 14, 2010 by J Jack
A car that runs on Ethanol will take regular fuel for an emergency without any problem. Pay cash, keep the receipt, if they don't reimburse you, you're still a good Samaritan. Don't they teach common sense at the Swedish police academy?
17:16 July 14, 2010 by MarkinBoston
This has nothing to do with ethanol or cards. They let the fuel get down near empty before their shift ended - how dull-witted can they be?
18:31 July 14, 2010 by mukiwa
This might be a sign of the times....When the police are running out of fuel could it be the economy be far behind.
19:06 July 14, 2010 by LeoKinmann
this news is hilarous! i bet the swedish cops can make some extra money putting up a comedy show with this kind of material from their daily work!
19:07 July 14, 2010 by La Figaro
Still common sense issue again, Sweden, wake up please
10:26 July 15, 2010 by hjoian
find the time to get coffee and cake but cant be arsed to fill the car with fuel.... bloody ridiculous. Keystone cops!
10:38 July 15, 2010 by Justease
Swedish police deserve Extreme Makeover. This news is an embarrassment to civilisation. Sounds like a Pippi långstrump movie from the early 70s.
11:27 July 15, 2010 by LeoKinmann
The photo they use for the news is absolutely gold! I'm suspecting the reason the cop cars run on ethanol is because they can get away with massively consuming vodka at work.
14:55 July 15, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Nordmaling's finest.
08:25 July 16, 2010 by willpf
She should have got out and ran, it's better than sex!
11:18 July 17, 2010 by Raiha

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