It seems even superheroes cannot escape the long arm of the law, after two men dressed as Superman had their car seized by police on the M42.
The scarlet Peugeot had also been decked out like the Man of Steel, and had a red cape flapping in the breeze above the rear tailgate, which was missing its window.
The pair were pulled over near junction four in Birmingham by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), who suspected that the car was being driven without insurance.
A police spokesman tweeted: "We don't work for Lex Luthor but we had to remove Superman's wheels from the road."
Unfortunately for the duo, the car was seized and impounded due to a lack of proper cover. It is unclear whether the occupants walked or flew home.
The incident has since gone viral, prompting one Oklahoma County Sheriff to tweet his Midlands colleagues:
@CMPG nice work! Not even Superman has a chance against police Kyrptonite. He's much better at flying than driving anyway. Stay safe.
— Oklahoma Co. Sheriff (@OkCountySheriff) June 21, 2014
Superman’s wheels weren’t the only unusual vehicle to be stopped by the CMPG recently. Last Monday police stopped a tractor that was trundling down the busy M6.
"To see such a vehicle travelling on such a busy stretch of road was both unusual and quite a surprise for the patrol officers," said Insp Mark Watkins, the BBC reported.
"Tractors are one of the various prohibited vehicles on the motorway network – a fact that the driver seemed to be unaware of."
Picture: Central Motorway Police Group
June 24, 2014