All 36-year-old Frank Lecerf of Pont-de-Metz in the north of France, wanted to go to the supermarket and ended up driving through Calais and Dunkirk and across the border into Belgium coming to a stop in a ditch in the town of Alveringem!
Now that’s some grocery shopping!
What actually happened was that on his way to the weekly grocery shopping, his Renault Laguna developed some sort of a malfunction. He was going 60 miles an hour when the car's speed dial jammed. He tried to brake but instead of slowing, the car sped up and it sped up more and more every time he tried braking eventually getting stuck at the harrowing speed of 125 mph!
Screen Grab from Google Maps
All Lecerf could do was drive on! Thankfully he had the presence of mind to call the police from his car who, also at a loss as to what to do, sent an escort that accompanied him on his mad drive at high speed through France and across the border in to Belgium till he ran out of gas!
A police convoy ensured that roads were kept clear for the speeding car and gave advance warnings to three different toll booths that raised their barriers as Lecerf sped through, leaving behind bewildered people wondering what was happening!
"My life flashed before me," Lecerf later told Le Courrier Picard. "I just wanted it to stop."
Lecerf's car, finally out of fuel about an hour and came to rest in a ditch.
It's unclear what, exactly, went wrong with the car. The police arranged a Renault tech to be on phone with Lecerf who tried to help but could not work out the problem.
Thankful for his life being saved but mad at the risk caused by the car company, Lecerf is suing Renault!
Well, he may be angry and a bit shaken up from his experience but we hope Frank Lecerf realizes he is one lucky man!