Video: Shocking moment out of control driver narrowly misses police car

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Video: Shocking moment out of control driver narrowly misses police car

A Boston motorist was captured on camera narrowly missing a stationary police car after he took his eyes off the road to fiddle with the satellite navigation device fitted to his hire car.

Jerry Lin, 24, can be seen speeding through the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel, traversing several lanes and then missing a stationary patrol car by a few inches before hitting the brakes and losing the tail of his car.

Miraculously, Lin manages to regain some control of his vehicle on the empty stretch of road and eventually continue his journey unscathed.

"He was apparently confused with his GPS device. It was a rental car, and he was confused about trying to get the car back to where it belonged," a relieved state police Captain Thomas Reney told the Boston Herald.

Lin was handed fines for speeding and negligent driving but managed to avoid punishment for using the sat-nav system because they aren't covered by a blanket ban on devices that send texts, play video and access the Internet while on the move reported the Daily Mail.

Lin, who was returning from a friend's house in South Boston, admitted his attention was diverted as he headed through the tunnel and looked at his GPS to locate the Storrow Drive exit.

"I was distracted by my GPS. I wasn't really paying attention to my speed. I was just trying to get home. I took my eyes off for a second to look where I was going," he said.

The incident took place on October 7 but the video has racked up more than 100,000 views in a matter of hours when it was posted Monday.

Watch the clip below