Highway patrolman races couple to wedding after car breaks down
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Highway patrolman races couple to wedding after car breaks down

Seeing groom and bride stranded on Route 4, road worker gets permission to decorate his vehicle and escort them to the ceremony

A driver of one of Netivei Israel's new mobile units places a traffic cone on a highway in Israel. (Screen capture: Channel 2)
A driver of one of Netivei Israel's new mobile units places a traffic cone on a highway in Israel. (Screen capture: Channel 2)

A bride and groom on the way to their wedding were on track for an unforgettable day recently — though perhaps not the one they had bargained for — when their car broke down on the Route 4 highway en route to the festivities.

Their savior was also an unexpected one, in the form of a patrolman for Netivei Israel — the government-owned company in charge of Israel’s roads.

The incident occurred last week near the southern city of Yavne. According to Hadashot news, when the patrolman inspected the desperate couple’s car and realized it was beyond an easy fix, he radioed in to ask for permission to temporarily abandon his post and escort the bride and groom to their wedding himself.

He even asked — and was granted — permission to decorate the car, as befitting the occasion.

Thus a potential disaster became a tale the newlyweds will likely one day tell their grandchildren.

The Netivei Israel patrol car was one of 10 to recently hit the roads with the aim of helping drivers who are forced to pull over due to vehicle trouble.

Among its other tasks, the fleet will help drivers change flat tires, their engine oil and add water to their radiators in cases of overheating.

After last week’s incident, though, Netivei Israel may want to consider adding “emergency wedding chauffeur” to the job description.

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