Missouri Highway Patrol isn’t really looking for the Joker

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Through Danny Wicentowski on Tue 18 Jan 2022 at 5:45 p.m.

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  • Shut up, Batman.

An emergency alert that hit Missouri phones on Tuesday listed a vehicle in ‘Gotham City’ that matched the year and model of the Joker-themed vehicles used in the 1989 film. Batman – what seemed like a strange thing to appear on the statewide system supposed to alert residents to events such as child abductions and impending dangers.

The alert exploding in the phones detailed a purple/green 1978 Dodge 3700GT – the same car Joker’s henchmen used to chase Batman through the streets of Gotham in the movie. The alert also included the “UKIDME” license plate, which seems like the sort of thing the Joker would do.

As social media began to lose their collective Batman-loving heads, the alert system sent an update: “Previous alert was a test. This is a blue art test cancellation. .”

Not a real alert!  Just a test, actually!  - SCREENSHOT

  • SCREENSHOT
  • Not a real alert! Just a test, actually!

In an email, Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric F. Brown confirmed that the alert had been removed. We’ll update this post once Patrol releases additional information about the test.


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