Crappy day for Austrian cop
A TRAFFIC cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding, police said on Tuesday.
A bucket containing the slurry exploded 3m from the officer after he triggered a trip wire at a site often used for speed traps, said the police in the southern state of Carinthia.
The 58-year-old was not hurt and the police said the device was likely designed by an irate motorist to humiliate officers rather than cause injury.
But they were nonetheless not amused.
"What could have happened if the officer had been nearer the explosives, or if a child had set it off? Doesn't bear thinking about," spokesman Rainer Dionisio said.