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Ferrari 458 supercar seized by police on M40

Impounded Ferrari Image copyright Tvp roads policing
Image caption Social media users speculated as to whether the roads policing unit would give the car a spin

A £200,000 Ferrari has been seized by police because the driver did not have a valid licence.

Thames Valley Police impounded the supercar on the M40 in Oxfordshire, near Junction 9 at Bicester, after pulling the driver over following reports of a speeding sports car.

A spokesman subsequently tweeted: "No licence no #Ferrari."

Social media users responded with amusement, with Ebayjo68 tweeting: "Is it bad that this made me chuckle?"

The Ferrari 458 was bearing German number plates when it was stopped.

In a statement, police said: "Officers pulled over a Ferrari 458... at 09:15 GMT, after receiving reports that a car had been driving quickly up the motorway.

"It transpires the driver had no licence, so the car was seized and he was dropped off at the nearest point of safety.

"He was reported for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence."

'Pretty car'

Twitter users showed little empathy for the driver's plight, with milkomalc tweeting: "Should abide by the law like we all have to #crushit."

Meanwhile fergie_cat ‏asked: "Are you accepting offers on this. I have £5."

Several people also speculated whether roads policing officers would have the opportunity to give the car a spin themselves.

A police spokesman said the vehicle was removed from the scene by a recovery lorry.

No officers drove the Ferrari, he insisted.

BBC Top Gear describes the 458, which can reach speeds of more than 200mph, as the "kind of pretty that can make people bump into things and fall off kerbs".

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