- Woman crashed into the back of a police car in Victoria, British Columbia
- She texted a friend saying: ‘I was trying to txt u. Ran into a cop car. Omg’
- Officer saw the message and slapped her with a $173 fine.
- Female driver and a child were injured in the collision on Saturday night
- The police officer and his dog walked away from the smash unharmed
A woman who crashed into a police car, injuring a child, has been caught texting while driving after police read a message confessing to the crime on her phone.
The cop car was rear-ended by the motorist on Saturday night in Victoria, British Columbia.
Instead of getting straight out of the car, the woman took a moment to text a friend, saying: ‘I just got into an accident omg. I was trying to txt u. Ran into a cop car. Omggg.’
A woman who crashed into a police car, injuring a child, has been caught texting while driving after police read this message confessing to the crime on her phone
The cop car was rear-ended by the motorist on Saturday on this street in Victoria, British Columbia.
Police seized the woman’s phone and found the message, before slapping her with a $167 fine for using an electronic device while driving.
The texting motorist, who admitted using a phone at the wheel, and a child who was in her car were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
It is not not known if the woman and the child are related.
The officer and the police dog who were in the cop car were not hurt in the smash.
The crash damaged the front end of the woman’s car.
Matt Rutherford, from Victoria Police, said: ‘The continued message is for people to leave their phones alone, and if you feel that you must text, pull over.’
Victoria Police tweeted a photograph of the woman’s panicked texts, but took it down after she was ridiculed
Victoria Police tweeted a photograph of the panicked texts the woman sent to a friend, who had replied: ‘Actually?!?!?’
However, the police took the picture down after people started ridiculing the driver.
‘We’ve removed the tweet with the image. Some of the replies began to resemble public shaming of the driver rather than meaningful discussion,’ police said in a later tweet on Thursday.
‘Our hope was to raise public awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, not lead to ridicule of a person injured in a collision.’