Summit City, LA - (Crackpot Mess): The flawlessy-executed 1am operation to escort troubled singer Britney Spears to hospital cost LA taxpayers around $3 million - "and every penny a sound investment" - according to LAPD and Fire Department sources.
Spears was shoehorned into a stretcher and fast-tracked into a mental health unit at LA's Seedy Signs Memorial Hospital after her shrink flipped out and called the cops.
A convoy of three dozen motorcycle officers, ten cruisers, seven police helicopters and a dozen LA Fire Brigade emergency response teams formed a guard of honor similar to a presidential motorcade.
Flanking the escort were two Los Angeles City Council Pest Control Division armoured trucks with full complement of vermin specialists.
LA City Cleansing and Sanitation officials had already cordoned off Britney's street - The Summit - ensuring all motorcade personel were issued with bulletproof bio-hazards suits.
The neighborhood had earlier been trawled with US Army minesweeping devices before LAPD anti-sniper personnel positioned themselves at strategic sites.
Additionally up to two dozen trauma counselors were stationed on emergency response vehicles parked in the vicinity after officials prepared to meet residents' needs after witnessing the spectacle.
Britney's detention under California's Code 5150 means she is being assessed as a danger to herself and others.
"If we add medical expenses the total fee could, of course, double," said a worried shrink.