Brain fade from down under...
PERTH, Australia, (AFP) - Red-faced Australian police investigating two men in Ku Klux Klan hoods who sped past a police camera at twice the legal speed limit making rude gestures have admitted the offenders were senior constables.
West Australian state police confirmed an internal investigation was underway into incident at Bunbury, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Perth, which a senior officer described as "an embarrassment to this organisation".
A police camera snapped the pair in August 2001 wearing costumes from the white supremicist KKK and gesturing towards the camera as they travelled at almost 130 kilometres per hour (80 m/h) in a 60 km/h (37 m/h) zone.
The car's registration was obsured by a sign bearing an expletive in what police described as a deliberate attempt to taunt them.
At the time, police said they would "crucify" those responsible for the potentially dangerous stunt.
But they found two of their colleagues, not car thieves, were behind the prank.
The pair had used an unmarked police car and were on duty at the time.
"I'd say that the chances of keeping their jobs is very slim at this time," local police commander Daryl Balchin told ABC Radio.
"Whilst probably at the time they considered this a prank, we are professional people and let's face it, the community expects more of us and to do this is ... grossly irresponsible."
He said one of the senior constables is on reduced duties and the other is in hospital on medication.