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Man Proposes In The Back Of A Police Car After Driving Into A Tree

Things didn't exactly go to plan.

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This is not how Somerset resident Caine Hutchings imagined himself proposing to his girlfriend, Emily Dukeson.

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Hutchings, 30, had hoped to ask his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years to marry him while they were walking their dogs along the cliffs at Blue Anchor.

However, while driving to the picturesque spot from their home in Radstock, Hutchings lost control of his car and hit a tree on the A39 near Shapwick, Avon and Somerset police said.

Thankfully nobody was injured in the accident and the dogs escaped unharmed.

The pair were later picked up by PC Nicola Rickards, who offered to take them to a nearby pub.

"I said I'd drop them and the dogs at the Pipers Inn in Ashcott," Rickards said. "He sat in the back and she was in the front."

It was during that short drive that Hutchings decided he couldn't wait any longer.

"We were only in the police car a short time but the accident had put everything in perspective, so I decided that I would ask there and then because anything can change in just a moment and I didn't want to wait any longer," he said.

Rickards, who is getting married herself next year, said she didn't know who was more excited when Hutchings produced the ring, and said she had to remind Dukeson to give an answer.

Dukeson said yes.

Speaking afterwards, Dukeson said:

I didn't have a clue that was going to happen. As far as I was aware we were going to Blue Anchor to take the dogs for a walk.

In the car, Caine said "did you really think we were going all that way just to walk the dogs" and pulled the box out.

Rickards said she told Hutchings to get down on one knee and propose properly when they got to the pub.

The police officer then took a picture to commemorate the moment.

Hutchings and Dukeson are planning to get married next year.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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