February 6, 2019 1:02 pm
Updated: February 6, 2019 1:05 pm

Man claims he crashed car while swerving to ‘avoid an octopus’ in middle of U.K. road

An octopus pictured in this April 24, 2013 file photo.

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A British man rolled his car and ended up in a ditch after he swerved his vehicle in order to “avoid an octopus” that happened to be on a roadway, and yes, police suspect drugs were a factor in the crash.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. Police said a vehicle was found overturned in a ditch.

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Authorities said the driver “stated he swerved to avoid an octopus.”

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“He is currently in custody on suspicion of drug-driving,” police said on social media.

As the BBC points out, octopuses are not uncommon in the U.K. and are often found in the waters off the south coast. However, where this single-vehicle accident occurred, an octopus would have to crawl over five kilometres from the sea, through farm fields and over some hilly terrain.

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“He did a bit of a slow roll into a ditch,” a police spokesperson told the BBC. “An ambulance went out and the driver was checked over by paramedics but there weren’t injuries enough to go to hospital.”

U.K. residents can face a minimum of a one-year driving ban or an “unlimited fine and up to six months in prison” if found under the influence of drugs while driving a vehicle.

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