A POLICE car picked up a family after they rang 999 because it was raining.
Sussex Police has tried to justify its actions but added the 999 services should be used for emergencies only.
A man rang from the A27 Shoreham flyover to say he was stuck on foot in rain on his way home at 12.16pm on Sunday, August 18, and wanted a lift.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A passing police car did give him a lift off the flyover to the adjacent A283, as he had young children with him.
“He was then left as he was able to wait for a bus or phone for a taxi.
“Clearly, 999 is for public use only in emergencies.”
The incident was flagged up on Facebook by a neighbourhood police officer, who said the father threatened to complain to the PCC when he was told ‘no’.
Reports of the incident have spread across the web and national newspapers.
Many have criticised the police for using essential resources on a trivial issues, while others have praised the good deed, saying police deserve a gold star for their efforts.