Texting driver's 'laughing emoji' excuse mocked by police

Emojis tell the offender's story on the Merseyside Police Twitter feed Image copyright Twitter
Image caption The force used 14 emojis to tell the driver's story

A driver who was stopped for texting behind the wheel claimed he was only sending "a laughing emoji" to his girlfriend - prompting police to respond with emojis of their own.

The man was caught by officers in St Helens, Merseyside, using a phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

In his defence, he said: "I was just putting a laughing emoji to my girlfriend."

Merseyside Police tweeted it was a "very unusual reply".

The force's road policing unit then laid out the whole incident in emojis, including a number six for the number of penalty points the driver received and pound notes for the fine.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said the driver of a Ford Fiesta was stopped by police at 13:45 on Tuesday on St Helens Linkway and given six points and Β£200 fine.

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