Dodging a vehicle spot-check in the Bavarian town of Bamberg on Tuesday afternoon, a 27-year-old could surely never have anticipated how the quick-thinking cop would chase after him.
The fugitive dumped his moped and made a break for it on foot, with the policeman hot on his heels.
But the cop was stopped in his tracks and forced to abandon his vehicle when his hunt brought him to an allotment, where the pathway was "too narrow for a car to drive through", Gahn Silke, a police spokesperson told The Local.
Instead, he spied a child's bike which was fortunately unlocked.
So without further ado the opportunistic policeman hopped on and set off in hot pursuit of the elusive man.
The tiny bicycle proved to be a savvy choice, as the cop was finally able to catch and arrest the fugitive.
It transpired that the errant runaway's crime was three-fold.
He didn't have a driving licence for his moped, he had been driving whilst "heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs," and he was harbouring more narcotics in his rucksack, Silke said.
The policeman returned the bike-cum-police-chase-vehicle after successfully nabbing the intoxicated escapee, to the small owner's "absolute delight".
The child's mother had not yet called the cops about the absence of the vehicle, the police spokesperson reported.