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Prank: This octopus cut-out was installed on a road like a joke after a driver bizarrely claimed to the police that he had bent to dodge the marine animal

Driver, 49, who told police that he had left his car to avoid an octopus on the road, then read an imaginary book about hedgehogs while being questioned that he had taken a cocktail of drugs, hears the dish

  • Robert Shapley led to ridicule when he offered the police the bizarre excuse
  • He had morphine, codeine, cannabis and a by-product of heroin in his system
  • Today he admitted that he was unsuitable for driving drugs on the A381 in Devon
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A driver who claimed he had refused to avoid an octopus & # 39; when his car crashed, had taken a cocktail of drugs, a court heard.

Robert Shapley, 49, offered the bizarre excuse to officers on the A381 in Devon earlier this year, which caused a mockery when the police revealed what had happened.

The police said he was incoherent, muttered about sea creatures and pretended to read an imaginary book about hedgehogs when he was interrogated.

He told officers: & # 39; It became a bit bumpy for a while. I swiveled to avoid an octopus and & # 39; it's pretty bad to dodge all that whitebait & # 39 ;.

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Prank: This octopus cut-out was installed on a road like a joke after a driver bizarrely claimed to the police that he had bent to dodge the marine animal

Prank: This octopus cut-out was installed on a road like a joke after a driver bizarrely claimed to the police that he had bent to dodge the marine animal

Shortly after the crash, a prankster put a cut octopus on a stick in a field close to the crash site.

But the police said they found no evidence of an octopus on the road when Shapley knocked over his car.

The medications in Shapley & # 39; s system include morphine, codeine, cannabis and a by-product of heroin.

Today he pleaded guilty of driving while being unfit due to drugs at the Newton Abbot Magistrates & Court.

Robert Shapley, 49, claimed that he had struggled & # 39; to evade an octopus & # 39; when his car on the A381 in Devon (stock photo) was destroyed earlier this year

Robert Shapley, 49, claimed that he had struggled & # 39; to evade an octopus & # 39; when his car on the A381 in Devon (stock photo) was destroyed earlier this year

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Robert Shapley, 49, claimed that he had struggled & # 39; to evade an octopus & # 39; when his car on the A381 in Devon (stock photo) was destroyed earlier this year

Philip Sewell, who continued, said the crash occurred at an intersection after Shapley's car passed another.

His car landed on his roof in a ditch on the A381 between Malborough and South Milton.

& # 39; He stumbled around, he was not coherent & # 39 ;, Sewell said.

The police were called at approximately 3.15 p.m. and put him in one of their cars before being checked by ambulance personnel.

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& # 39; He kept talking to the officers, talking about squid, squid and other marine animals & # 39 ;, said Sewell, adding that he later pretended to read hedgehogs.

The 49-year-old motorist pleaded guilty of driving while being unfit through drugs at the Newton Abbot Magistrates & Court (photo)

The 49-year-old motorist pleaded guilty of driving while being unfit through drugs at the Newton Abbot Magistrates & Court (photo)

The 49-year-old motorist pleaded guilty of driving while being unfit through drugs at the Newton Abbot Magistrates & Court (photo)

Simon Colman, defensively, said Shapley suffered from depression and anxiety and took prescription drugs and heroin, but did not remember that he had taken anything prior to driving.

Magistrates said they had a & # 39; vague image & # 39; of his driving behavior and put the matter aside for a report to be prepared whether he was fit for a drug rehabilitation obligation.

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When the police revealed what had happened in February, their Facebook message received a series of hilarious responses.

Sarah Louise said: & I hope the eight long arms of the law brought him in. & # 39;

Trevor Mills said: & # 39; Got a fine of twenty squid and prohibited diving for a year. & # 39;

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