A Novel Use for Sat Navs

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00:00 Europe/London

Police in Kent have found a novel use for GPS systems as they recently used one to retrace the journey of a woman found drunk and disorderly outside a pub in Tenterden.

The woman was arrested and taken to the police station, where she revealed she had left her child home alone, but that she couldn’t actually remember where she lived. The 41 year old was so drunk she struggled to speak any sense to the officers who were determined to find the whereabouts of her child.

Fortunately, the child was found safe and sound at home, asleep on the sofa, and unaware of the commotion unravelling. The police had found the woman’s address by using her Sat Nav in quite a novel way; they used the navigation system to retrace her steps back from the pub and to her house.

The woman has been spared jail, although admitting cruelty to a child, being in charge of a car whilst drunk and assaulting a police officer, instead she has been given 150 hours community service. Apparently, the woman intended to head to the pub for a few bottles of wine to take home, instead she stayed for a shandy, which soon turned into a night on the tiles as she shared the bottles she’d bought with the rest of the bar.

It seems the reliance we have on Sat Navs may not be as bad as some people think. Had the woman not been using an in car navigation system, who knows how long it might have been until she was sober enough to remember her home address, and the child may not have been located until hours after the event. Luckily, and thanks to the trusty Sat Nav, no one was hurt, except perhaps for a mighty hangover the next day and a healthy dose of embarrassment.

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