John Pettit told the authorities that his 1999 Hyundai station wagon had been taken from his Brisbane home last November, before he found it abandoned at a nearby pub hours later and informed police, The Courier-Mail reports.
However, on Christmas Eve, Pettit was pulled over by officers who believed he had stolen the vehicle. They were forced to apologise after checking his identification and admitted that the car had remained in a police database of stolen vehicles. As they let Pettit go, the cops promised to remove the car's details upon returning to the station.
But Pettit says that the officers neglected to update the car's status and he was pulled over again last week. This time, he ended up handcuffed in the back of a police car after he tried to tell them that the car was not stolen.
A spokesman for Queensland police said that officers are not required to report every traffic interaction and there is no record of the car being pulled over since it was reported stolen.
He added that officers are required to report the use of handcuffs, but there was also no record of such an incident involving Pettit.
A police database check yesterday (January 10) indicated that the car was in fact correctly registered as having been recovered on November 27, 2012.
Last December, a driver with an expired registration sticker was left surprised after a policeman gave him a $100 bill instead of a fine following a roadside stop.