Crash driver proposes in police car

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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A man who crashed his car while on the way to propose to his girlfriend still popped the question – in the back of a police car.

Caine Hutchings, 30, was driving Emily Dukeson, 27, and their two dogs to a scenic spot on the cliffs at Blue Anchor, Somerset, on Saturday.

He lost control of his Citroen on the A39 near Shapwick and the car smashed into a tree, though the couple, from Radstock, and their dogs were uninjured.

They were picked up in a marked police car by Pc Nicola Rickards, of Avon and Somerset Police, who offered to take them to a nearby pub.

During the short journey, Mr Hutchings decided he could not wait any longer and suddenly produced a ring to Miss Dukeson in the back seat.

Pc Rickards, who is also tying the knot next year, prompted a stunned Miss Dukeson for a response – which was a resounding ‘yes’ to Mr Hutchings’ relief.

“I said I’d drop them and the dogs at the Pipers Inn in Ashcott, he sat in the back and she was in the front,” Pc Rickards said.

“All of a sudden he produced the box through the middle; I’m not sure who was more excited.

“I had to remind her to give him an answer after a few ‘oh my gods’ and ‘seriously?’ from her, and said he ought to get down on one knee and do it properly when we got to the pub and that I wasn’t leaving until he did.”

Pc Rickards then took a photograph of Mr Hutchings down on one knee in front of her police car.

Mr Hutchings said he had been planning to take Miss Dukeson, his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years, to a scenic spot on cliffs in the seaside village of Blue Anchor.

But he changed his plans after the accident and popped the question in the back of the police car after leaving his Citroen stranded in a ditch.

“We had to get a photo of me going down on one knee in front of the police car after we got to the pub or no one would have believed what I’d done,” he said.

“We were only in the police car a short time, but the accident had put everything in perspective so I decided that I would ask there and then because anything can change in just a moment and I didn’t want to wait any longer.”

Miss Dukeson said the proposal was completely out of the blue and she “didn’t have a clue” it was going to take place.

“As far as I was aware we were going to Blue Anchor to take the dogs for a walk,” she said.

“In the car, Caine said ‘did you really think we were going all that way just to walk the dogs’ and pulled the box out.

“After the accident I was in shock and crying, people thought I had been crying because I was so happy that I was getting married but it was because of the accident.”

The couple plan to marry next year.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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