Police mistake mannequin for woman ‘frozen to death’ inside car

Police mistake mannequin for woman 'frozen to death' inside carPolice in New York broke into a parked car to rescue an "extremely realistic" mannequin they believed to be an elderly woman. (Credit: Hudson, New York Police Department)

The average low temperature for December in Hudson, NY is a chilly 22 degrees, but early this Friday morning it dropped to an extremely cold 9 Degrees. So when a distraught caller contacted the local police to report an elderly woman who had “frozen to death” inside a parked car, officers rushed to the scene.

Police said when they arrived the car had snow covering it, suggesting it had been there overnight, and saw what appeared to be an unresponsive elderly woman trapped inside, wearing a seat belt and an oxygen mask.

The Hudson Police Department officers broke the rear passenger-side window of the vehicle to get to her.

Upon doing so, the officers discovered the woman was actually a life-sized CPR training mannequin complete with real clothing, detailed skin blemishes, glasses, teeth and shoes.

As it turns out, the car’s owner was a sales manager for a company that manufactures medical training supplies, and occasionally transports the lifelike mannequins in his vehicle. When he was contacted, he complained about the window being broken.

“It is my understanding that the owner was incredulous that we took action in this matter,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said. “He apparently was quite vocal and vulgar to my sergeant.”

“Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life-size realistic mannequin seated in it… we will break your window,” Moore said in a statement.

No charges were filed in the case and police thanked the residents who showed concern.

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