Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/31/dino_defence/

Car crash driver blames pterodactyl

Washington man in audacious dino-defence

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 31st December 2007 14:11 GMT

A 29-year-old Washington driver who last Thursday night drifted into the oncoming lane before crashing into a light pole failed to convince police officers that flying dinosaurs were to blame, HeraldNet reports.

The 29-year-old Wenatchee man apparently wandered off course "for less than a block" while oncoming traffic obligingly stopped to let him pass en route to said pole. Wenatchee police Sgt. Cherie Smith said that a breathalyzer test showed "a minimal amount of alcohol", although officers' queries as to what had caused the prang were met with the single-word answer "pterodactyl".

The man was treated in hospital and later released. He has been charged with first-degree negligent driving. ®