Missouri State Highway Patrol accidentally sends BOLO for the Joker

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is Missouri’s highest law enforcement agency. It was launched a few years after the creation of the United States Numbered Highway System. Long before the formation of the Interstate Highway System.

The patrol‘s jurisdiction extends to the entire state. One of his duties is to regularly test emergency alert systems to ensure that they are functioning as intended. A recent example of this led the agency to clarify, note The Hill and CNN.

Unintentionally sends an alert for the Joker

The Missouri State Highway Patrol took down a recent post.

One that was recently sent to many mobile devices in Missouri. The people who received it may have thought they had to watch out for a certain vehicle.

In this particular case, a 1978 Dodge 3700 GT. Colored purple and green, with a license plate that read “UKIDME”. The car in question may look familiar to movie and comic book fans. That’s because it was used in the 1989 movie “Batman.” Based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The main character’s nemesis, the Joker, uses a car that matches the description.

No, it seems, the Joker was not on the loose in Missouri. Apparently, the message was not intended for the general public. It was more of an internal test for a blue alert.

A codename that is usually invoked when a law enforcement officer has come under attack.

According to a later statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an incorrect option was selected. Instead of being kept within the agency, the message was released to the public.

The message also stated that the non-existent incident happened in Gotham City, Missouri.

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This municipality does not exist either but clearly seems to refer to the hometown of Batman / Bruce Wayne. There is, however, a different entity called “Gotham City, Missouri”. It is actually a solar energy company located in Wildwood, Missouri, near Saint Louis.

This isn’t the first time a major government agency has accidentally ensnared comics in its operations.

In 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a trading partner. Authorities later claimed it was listed as part of a website test and left by mistake. The country of Wakanda does not really exist. But in film and literature, it’s the home of Marvel’s Black Panther. According to lore, it’s also a home to the fictional super-strength metallic vibranium, which was used to create such items as Captain America’s famous shield.

Jack Nicholson played the Joker in the 1989 film

The 1989 film version featured Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne and Batman’s alter ego. Other cast members included Jack Nicholson as Joker. The film was a critical success and was the second highest-grossing film of the year.

He was recognized by the Oscars for his artistic direction. Nicholson was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The Joker is arguably the most iconic comic book supervillain in history. He was a foil to other DC characters, such as Superman and Wonder Woman. But his historical rivalry with Batman is his best known.


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