Five occupants of a BMW were issued with fines for breaching Covid-19 restrictions this morning after getting stuck in a field besides the A66.
Police were called after a passer-by was concerned by orange lights in the field near Scotch Corner.
Offices arrived to find the BMW had got stuck in mud.
Police said the driver claimed he had swerved for “something” and his efforts to drive the vehicle out just bogged it down further.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police’s road policing group said: “Bizarrely the five occupants from County Durham had been visiting Nana — the journey of five miles between South Hetton and Peterlee had bizarrely extended to 40 miles, encompassing the Richmond area.
“Luckily Nana was safely at home and can await these five returning back complete with Covid fines issued.
“Our officers used two Police vehicles to stop the traffic whilst the recovery driver extracted the car from the field.
“All people having to come in one location unnecessarily just because people didn’t stay home.”