Traffic police see their fair share of bad driving on the road, but even officers in Surrey were taken aback when they spotted a van driver watching Lord of the Rings on a portable DVD player while traffic was moving at around 60mph.
The man from Guildford was stopped on Thursday morning on the motorway near Cobham while at the wheel of a Ford Transit – complete with a DVD player mounted on the dashboard – and could now face a charge for driving without due care and attention and have points added to his licence.
The 30-something motorist who was watching one of the film installments of JRR Tolkien's hugely popular fantasy series, is now expected to make a court appearance. Talking about the incident Surrey Police posted on Twitter: "We stop many drivers for speeding, using mobile phones sometime both every day. People watching TV not so often."
A spokesman from the force told The Telegraph: "A man in his 30s from Guildford has been reported for driving without due care and attention after officers from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit stopped a blue Ford Transit van on the M25 this morning.
"It is suspected the driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, may have been using a portable DVD player which was seen on the dashboard of the van."