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A police suspect had an absolute stinker as he fled to try and evade capture, with a hilarious image showing how he ended up covered in cow dung after jumping in a slurry pit to escape arrest.
Police have shared the image of the daring escapade, which came about after they spotted the man driving a stolen vehicle.
The arrest operation soon turned into a rescue mission however, as the Sussex Police revealed that by the time they'd caught up with the hapless man he was 'neck deep' in the excrement.
A now-viral image shows the man in cuffs standing next to an officer, who has made the sensible decision to put on some rubber gloves.
To complete the humiliation, the suspect's boxers are also on show as he stands completely caked in the thick, brown cow dung.
Pieces of straw can also be seen clinging to the man's spattered clothing, who probably by now is wishing he'd just given himself up from the off.
Sharing the photo on their Facebook page shortly afterwards, Sussex Police said: "This passenger of a stolen car thought he could get away, but it turned out not to be his lucky day.
"Eager to evade and fleeing in a hurry, the suspect was eventually arrested, neck-deep in a pit of slurry."
They added: "Thanks to determined officers a rescue ensued, and they all ended up safe, but covered in cow poo."
The photo, which has been liked thousands of times, unsurprisingly has had social media users in stitches, with people flocking to chip in with their two cents about the incident.
One user said: "OMG I really hope someone hosed him down before transporting him. I bet the custody staff have demanded compensation too."
Another added: "Man he really is in the s***! Nice pants."
A further person joked: "I hope he stops 'muck-in' about now!"
While a fourth said: "I bet he said he was innocent and the custody sarge said Moo-ving statement, but to pull the udder one."
It's an image we can all laugh at - and we are, heartily - but the suspect might actually be thanking the police for being able to wade in to the slurry and pull him out.
Slurry includes a combination of methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide which can can cause unconsciousness. It's even been recorded that farm workers have died in the past, having been overcome by the smell and subsequently drowning in tanks.
The Health and Safety Executive has warned: "There is no safe slurry tank.
"The gases can kill people and animals almost instantly.
"Prevent accidents and save lives by always following the safe system of work."
Worth remembering, should you too find yourself in a situation where you're considering it as a hiding spot.
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