A speeding driver in Germany was spared from paying a €105 (NZ$179) fine after a dove flew in front of their windscreen, its wings effectively concealing the driver's identity from the speed camera.
Viersen District Police in western Germany made a joking statement regarding the bizarre incident, suggesting "it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit" interceded, the BBC reported.
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Doves are commonly seen as symbols of peace or as messengers across a handful of religions.
"We have understood the sign and leave the speeder in peace this time," the police said.
"We hope that the protected speeder understands this 'hint from above' and drives appropriately in the future," the BBC reported.
The vehicle owner reportedly was driving at 54km/h in a 30km/h zone.
Although the car could be identified in the speed camera footage, the driver was perfectly concealed by the dove's 'divine intervention' - saving the motorist with a need for speed from a hefty fine.