These images show how a bungling motorist drove his car into the reflecting pool outside the Brazilian president’s workplace.
The vehicle was left with part of its bonnet submerged in the pool outside the Planalto Palace in Brasilia following the bungle on 21st March.
Images show the car on its side at an angle with its boot in the air after the mishap.
The hapless driver, who works for federal deputy Marcos Tavares of the Democratic Labour Party for Rio de Janeiro State, said he had “got confused” by the traffic signs.
He had apparently believed the area was a parking street.
Tavares was not inside the vehicle at the time.
Images show how the road was wet and it was dark outside at the time of the accident.
The motorist managed to exit the car with the help of a military officer.
He was uninjured but was taken to a room in the Institutional Security Office because he was nervous.
The Fire Department was called to assist him. Then, a tow truck from the search and rescue unit of the Fire Department arrived to remove the vehicle.
The Planalto Palace, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1958 and inaugurated in April 1960, is the official workplace of the president of Brazil.
The modernist building is part of an area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
The reflecting pool was built in 1991 to increase security around the palace and to balance humidity levels during the dry season.
It holds 67,000 cubic feet of water, as well as several Japanese carp.
The palace was stormed by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro on 8th January this year.