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Police car spotted drifting in lane on busy motorway...and cops have an unusual explanation

Mirror logo Mirror 05/10/2017 Rachael Burford
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A police car appears to repeatedly drift in and out of its lane in a video taken by a shocked passenger - but cops have offered a very odd explanation for the swerving.

The footage, which has been watched more than 1.4 million times, shows the car stray out of the outside lane and partially into another lane three times.

Taken at about 2pm on September 23 on the M11 near Harlow, Essex , the clip also shows the car veering very close to the central reservation.

Mattie Dixon, whose wife Stacey filmed the clip, said the police car had earlier swerved across the road and forced another driver to brake.

The couple said they were concerned that the officer’s driving could have caused a crash.

Mr Dixon said: “My missus only started filming because the police car had previously veered across the carriageway causing another car to brake violently and swerve to avoid a collision.

“It was worrying to see a police car acting in this way, and there seemed to be no reason for it at all.

“We were genuinely concerned that he may hit another vehicle, that’s why Stacey started filming.

“When I pulled off at a junction I could see there was a uniformed driver and a rear seat passenger.”

Credits: Deadline News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Deadline News The video prompted an angry reaction on social media.

One commenter wrote: "Whether he’s had a long shift or not he shouldn’t be driving like that… if it was the other way round blue lights would be on."

Another added: “If you were weaving like that they would pull you."

But, Essex Police have today suggested the officer's was an example of advanced driving.

A spokesman for the force said: "Advanced drivers are taught to move within the lane to get a better view of the road ahead.

"Officers may also need to keep a view on a vehicle ahead, which may explain why they are driving in this way."

Credits: Deadline News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Deadline News Asked if he accepted the police explanation, Mr Dixon said: "No, there was a prisoner in the rear.

"There were also no vehicles within view for a long time as the police car was doing 60mph and all the cars in front had driven off into the distance.

"This also doesn't excuse him for almost colliding with other vehicles."

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