German teen cyclist so distracted by mobile phone she slams into police car

German police cars are quite noticeable, but the girl was so engrossed in her phone that she rode straight into one. ...
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German police cars are quite noticeable, but the girl was so engrossed in her phone that she rode straight into one. (File photo)

Riding a bike while engrossed in your mobile phone might not be a crime in Germany, but it's not going to end well if you crash your bike into a police car while in the zone.

Police in western Germany reported that a 17-year-old girl was simultaneously listening to music and checking something on her smartphone on Saturday when she crashed into a police car, suffering slight injuries in the process.

An officer had noticed her unsafe behaviour while out on patrol and tried to get her attention by flashing his lights, honking his horn and driving onto the bike path. None of that drew her attention, though, until she slammed into his car.

Police estimated that the accident resulted in about €600 (NZ$936) of damage.

It was not clear if the damage was to the car, the bicycle or to both.

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