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A Matrix fan was caught by cops after they spotted him viewing the action movie while driving.

In a tweet, Kent Police roads unit announced: "There was a glitch in the Matrix for this driver who was watching the original on his phone."

Kent Police say they stopped a motorist who was watching The Matrix sci-fi movie on his phone while driving. Picture: Kent Police/Twitter
Kent Police say they stopped a motorist who was watching The Matrix sci-fi movie on his phone while driving. Picture: Kent Police/Twitter

The tweet was posted just before 10pm on Tuesday. It did not reveal where the vehicle was stopped but it showed a photo of the inside of the driver's car with a mobile phone attached to the windscreen.

The science fiction film, first released in 1999, stars Keanu Reeves as Neo who is trying to escape from self-aware machines which have imprisoned mankind in a world of virtual reality.

Police later confirmed the motorist had been stopped on the M20 near Ashford.

A spokesman said: "At 9.35pm on Tuesday an officer from Kent Police’s roads policing unit stopped a vehicle near Junction 10A of the M20 after noticing what appeared to be moving images on a device mounted to its windscreen.

"Upon stopping the vehicle the officer established that the driver, a man in his 20s, had been playing a film on his mobile phone. He was issued with a Traffic Offence Report for using a motor vehicle on a road when cinematographic apparatus was visible to him."

In reply to the original tweet, one man joked: "What if I told you driving whilst distracted could send you down a different hole altogether…"

Another asked: "How can you watch a movie while driving? Suicidal. Thank you for stopping them. It could have been worse. Have a great shift and be safe."

The movie also starred Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Monica Bellucci as Persephone.

There are now three more movies in the franchise, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolution from 2003 and The Matrix 4 which was released this year.

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Advertising poster for sci-fi movie The Matrix

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