Honeytrapped! Policeman needs 'Swat' team after he's trapped in patrol car by 50,000 bees

By Mail Foreign Service

'Bee' careful: The expert beekeeper carefully calms the bees down and removes them from the car with Deputy Jenkins trapped inside

Talk about a 'sting' operation.

A U.S. policeman was forced to hide out in his patrol car for three hours after he was surrounded by 50,000 angry bees.

The insects had escaped from a crashed lorry on a highway in North Carolina yesterday morning.

When Sheriff's deputy Brandon Jenkins was called to the scene, he was horrified to find that its cargo had been 60 boxes of honey bees.

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His visit was ill-timed - he showed up just after the sun had risen and roused the sleeping insects from their night's rest.

They promptly swarmed his car, forcing him to leap inside and radio for help.

Tens of thousands of the tiny creatures covered the vehicle as he waited for beekeeping experts to be tracked down by the police.

The beekeepers eventually managed to calm the bees down using smoke - but not before Jenkins had to kill a few bees who found their way into the car.

'It was more or less self-defense. There were a couple of bees in my personal space, my comfort zone, and I just wanted to get them out,' he explained.

source: dailymail