The man was lucky to be alive. Image Credit: YouTube / 7NEWS Australia
A man who was stopped for speeding in Australia had a rather unique excuse for why he was going so fast.
When officers in Queensland intercepted a truck barreling along at over 100km/hour on Dawson Highway west of Calliope last month, they could have never predicted what they would find.
The driver - a 27-year-old who has been identified only as Jimmy - actually had a valid excuse for his excess speed and told the cops a story that has since made the news in several countries.
According to the story, the man had been driving along when he discovered to his horror that there was a large brown snake in the footwell that had started to wrap itself around his leg.
Fearful that moving his feet would anger the reptile, he attempted to fight it off using only his seat belt and a small work knife while trying to stop the vehicle at the same time.
Although he was ultimately successful in killing the snake, he suspected that it was an eastern brown - one of the deadliest snakes in Australia - and was unsure whether or not be had been bitten.
He concluded that his best chance was to rush to the nearest hospital to seek help.
Concerned for his wellbeing, the cops called paramedics who determined that while he hadn't been bitten, he was suffering from shock following his ordeal.
"It was pretty terrifying, I've never been so happy to see red and blue lights," he said.
Source: Queensland Police | Comments (4)
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