Think of all the places you would choose to propose to your significant other: a secluded beach, over a romantic dinner or, if you're a particular fan of clichés, on top of the Eiffel Tower. One motorist decided to live for the moment, and proposed to his girlfriend in the back of a police patrol car.
Caine Hutchings had been on the way to the seaside to pop the question to his girlfriend, Emily Dukeson, when his car left the road and collided with a tree.
Thankfully, neither was hurt in the accident, which happened on Saturday on the A39 near Shapwick, Dorset. Police confirmed that no one was to be charged over the collision, which required Mr Hutchings's Citroen hatchback to be recovered from a roadside ditch.
Happily, his other half saw the funny side of the situation and accepted his impromptu proposal as the pair were being driven away from the scene in the back of a marked police car.
Mr Hutchings, 30, said: "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," the BBC reports.
"We had to get a photo of me going down on one knee in front of the police car after we got to the pub or no-one would have believed what I'd done."
Ms Dukeson, 27, 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 [with the ring in it] out."
The couple are now planning to tie the knot next year