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A Guildford driver was found by Surrey Roads Police at wheel with a portable DVD player watching the Lord of the Rings while driving at 60mph on the M25 highway.Getty Images

A Guildford driver was stopped by shocked police officers who discovered him watching a DVD of the Lord Of The Rings while driving at 60mph on the M25 highway.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was driving a Ford Transit with a portable DVD player on his dashboard on the M25 near Cobham on the morning of 9 April.

The news surfaced after Surrey Roads Police tweeted the traffic violation with a twist of humour.

What followed was an array of humorous replies by Lord Of The Rings followers, which prompted further replies from the Surrey Roads Police.

Surrey Roads Police said most drivers are routinely stopped for using mobile phones while driving.

"We stop many drivers for speeding, using mobile phones sometime both every day. People watching TV not so often," said Surrey Roads Police on Twitter.

The driver charged with the violation faces both points on his licence and a possible court appearance, reported The Telegraph.

He has been reported for driving without due care, confirmed police officials.

"A man in his thirties from Guildford has been reported for driving without due care and attention after officers from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit stopped a blue Ford Transit van on the M25 this morning," said a police spokesman.

"The vehicle was stopped on the clockwise carriageway just before Cobham services at around 7.45am when it is believed traffic was flowing at around 60mph.

"It is suspected the driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, may have been using a portable DVD player which was seen on the dashboard of the van."