A speeding driver has been spared a £90 fine after a dove swooped in front of his car and obscured his face as the safety camera was going off in Germany.
The Renault Twingo motorist in Viersen, near the border with the Netherlands, was travelling at 54 kph (33 mph) in a 30 kph (18 mph) zone.
But the unidentified driver was spared a fine because police said they could only identify the car and not the driver.
Under German law, speeding drivers have to be identified beyond doubt at the wheel of the car and the registered keeper is not automatically liable for the fine.
The Renault Twingo motorist speeding in Viersen, near the border with the Netherlands
His speed triggered a speed camera which snapped a photograph usually used to charge offenders.
But the driver managed to escape a fine of up to €105 (£93) because his face was concealed by a white dove flying in front of his windscreen.
Police in Viersen released a tongue-in-cheek statement after deciding not pursue the driver.
It said ‘it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit’ intervened, adding ‘we have understood the sign and leave the speeder in peace this time.’
Police added further that they hope the driver understands the ‘sign from above’ and drives appropriately in the future.
The ‘feathered guardian angel with seemingly carefully spread wings’ helped him escape repercussions because the car and not he himself could be identified.
Viersen Police also joked that the dove could have been done for speeding.
‘However, since we do not know where it has to be on time for [the upcoming Christian holy day of] Pentecost, we will allow mercy over justice here too.’