What’s more embarrassing than getting caught by police having sex in a car in the emergency lane of a highway? Well, for one thing, doubling down on that shame by then trying to outrun the police, only to end up needing to be pulled to safety after crashing your car into a water-filled ditch, as one Penang couple did this weekend.
[Ed. Note: We’d also submit: running into your ex and his new girlfriend at the supermarket and knocking over a display of cereal while trying to hide/spy, not that anything like that has ever happened to us…]
Anyway, let’s dive right in! (Get it?!)
According to Malay-language daily Harian Metro, a Penang couple had parked their vehicle along the shoulder of the Butterworth Highway when suspicious police pulled over to see if the car was alright.
What officers found upon closer inspection was a 19-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend in flagrante.
When the driver noticed that police were present, he reportedly panicked and attempted to drive away from the scene, heading towards Bagan Ajam Toll Plaza. Officers gave chase, and the driver’s getaway skills under pressure were not quite up to snuff: He crashed into a nearby railing, hitting a motorcyclist who was traveling in the same direction, and eventually ended up in a rather deep water-filled drainage ditch (curse these monsoon rains!).
Luckily, the same officer that was chasing the couple also managed to pull them from the submerged vehicle, and neither suffered any serious injuries in the rather embarrassing incident. The motorcyclist, meanwhile, was sent to a nearby hospital, where doctors say he was treated for a broken foot.
Neither party in the getaway car tested positive for drugs or alcohol, and police say the two were students at the nearby Giat MARA College.
Officers are investigating the incident as a case of reckless driving given that utter mortification, though ego-bruising and spirit-crushing, isn’t a crime.