Driving in Italy is a bit like a real-life version of the Nineties videogame Carmageddon, only marginally more scary.

Motorists treat the highway code with utter scorn, only break when slowing to a snail's pace around the town fountain after a big footballing victory, and use their car horns as a convenient place to rest their fists, forever.

So was it really a good idea to give traffic police a state-of-the-art supercar to play with?

Make your own mind up:

Lamborghini

This once-lovely Lamborghini Gallardo was sent spinning into traffic by a humble Seat that pulled out of a petrol station without looking properly and clipped the high-powered police car.

The Gallardo ended up ramming into a row of parked cars, ending up with one impaled on its roof.

With top speeds of more than 200mph and the power to go from 0-62mph in just four seconds, is there a chance that the poliziotto behind the wheel temporarily saw a big crash bonus score flash before his eyes, got a little excited, and stepped on the gas?