Chelsea captain John Terry was so fed up of waiting in a traffic jam caused by a fatal incident that he abandoned his £175,000 Bentley and got a friend to sit in it for him until the congestion cleared.
The Sun reports that Terry was on the A3 and just three miles from his Surrey mansion at the time, but rather than wait he simply got out of the vehicle, jumped across the central reservation and began walking home.
Meanwhile as one friend came to babysit the Bentley, a second picked the 32-year-old up and gave him a lift back to his house.
The delay had been caused by a terrible tragedy on the stretch of the road going through Long Ditton on Thursday. A man had jumped to his death from a bridge, and a second man was killed on the opposite carriageway when the motorbike he was riding hit an ambulance that was attending the first incident.
A witness told the paper: “We’d all sat there for hours. People had been getting out of cars and chatting. Then out jumped John Terry in his Chelsea training gear.
“He leapt over the barrier and b******d off — leaving his car. We were speechless.”
Terry’s car, a silver Bentley Continental GT, sat unattended for a while, and the witness added: “For all he knew the road could have opened five minutes later. His car would have been blocking everyone.”
Terry’s agent confirmed the incident: “The footballer’s agent said: “John needed to get home so he called a friend to come and sit in his car.
“Another friend kindly picked him up further down the road.”
Whatever the rights and wrongs of ditching your supercar in the middle of a traffic jam, we can’t fault The Sun’s headline for the event – “Captain, leader, legged it”.