A driver found an outrageous way to avoid traffic - by turning his car into a fake ambulance, complete with blue lights and siren.
CCTV captured the footage of Shaun Scandle, 31, using the blues to make his car look like a rapid response vehicle responding to a 999 call and forcing his way through traffic queuing at the busy Tyne Tunnel. He even sent one driver right across several lanes and up a curb.
An investigation by Northumbria Police found that Scandle ran a business called Hadrian Medical Services, offering first aid at events across the North East. On this occasion he had been using his dressed up Renault Megane to apparently travel to Blyth and attend a medical incident.
He was fined more than £1,000 by North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, and received nine points on his licence for careless driving.
Suspicions were first raised after staff at the tunnel saw the vehicle pass through rush-hour traffic at speed on September 9. Officers made inquiries with the North East Ambulance Service, which said it had no record of one of its vehicles being in the area at the time.