SWINDON was in chaos yesterday as local police chased an American sports car driver through the town centre at high speed.
The terrifying incident left the town reeking of burnt rubber and strewn with the shattered remains of hastily erected barriers, as the black Trans Am left dozens of frustrated traffic officers in its wake.
The driver, known to police as 'the Bandit', stopped briefly near the Brunel shopping centre to ask a young blonde woman if she needed a ride, before he was slapped hard on the upper arm by Sally Field.
He has pledged to return next month in the company of Roger Moore, Dom Delouise and the transvestite from M*A*S*H dressed as an Arab.
Speaking via CB radio, the Bandit said: "We gonna race across Wiltshire, a million bucks to the winner and old Smokey can kiss my ass!"
Local hotels are now fully booked while Top Shop has reported record sales of sexy catsuits that can be unzipped to distract horny policemen.
Superintendent Brian Hayes, who led the police chase, said he would make a full statement later today explaining why his squad car no longer had any doors or a roof.
He then took off his hat and used it to hit a nearby sergeant, adding: "Amma gonna git them goddamn sons o' bitches, yessiree."
The Bandit was last seen shouting 'yeeeeeee! haaaaaarrrh!" from behind the wheel of the Trans Am as it soared over the railway line at Wootton Bassett.