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Caught by the buzz: US cop trapped in car by 50,000 bees

By Gary Fennelly

A police officer in the United States could have done with a Swat team after being held hostage in his patrol car by 50,000 bees.

Deputy Brandon Jenkins found himself in a sticky situation after responding to a report of a disabled vehicle off US Highway 64 in Wake County.

He found a truck a few miles east of Raleigh in North Carolina. Behind it was a trailer holding 60 boxes of bees.

The truck had been hauling the bees at night, when they are dormant, but broke down just before dawn.

Jenkins, 31, pulled up behind the truck in his Dodge Charger just as the sun came up and they became active.

Jenkins retreated inside his patrol car and called for help.

Honey trap

Local beekeepers were called to help deal with the situation - spraying smoke and water on the bees to urge them back into boxes that had been laced with honey.

Jenkins admitted using deadly force on one or two of the bees that made it inside his car.

"It was more or less self-defense," said Jenkins.

A bystander reportedly said: "You could say this was one cop with a bee in his bonnet."

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