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Back in time

First publishedin World Highways
2016 November December
A car thief in the US has been the butt of many jokes after failing in his attempt to steal a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. The vehicle was parked by the roadside and had attracted the interest of many passers-by when the thief intervened and forced the owner out of the car, then drove off at speed, but police were alerted quickly. A low speed chase ensued and after a short distance, the thief crashed the car into another vehicle. The DeLorean DMC-12 was made famous by the Back to the Future series of movies in which the car is adapted to travel through time. Many commentators ridiculed the thief saying that if he had used a flux capacitor and driven at precisely 88mph, he would have been able to time-hop and elude arrest. Others have commented that if the thief had stolen a more common model when there were no other witnesses, he might have been able to escape the police. Meanwhile in the UK, the owner of a DeLorean DMC-12 was caught speeding at 88mph. He admitted speeding but said the road was clear of other traffic at the time and commented that he was not attempting to time travel. The man avoided being fined however as the officers who booked him did not turn up in court, perhaps because they got their times wrong?
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