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Aussie Ute Driver Uses Knife To Fight Off Snake While Doing 123km/h Down Highway

Aussie Ute Driver Uses Knife To Fight Off Snake While Doing 123km/h Down Highway

An Australian bloke has been pulled over by police for speeding, however officers were shocked when they heard the reason.

The tradesman named Jimmy was doing 123km/h down the Dawson Highway in northern Queensland when he realised there was someone else in the vehicle with him.

He was horrified to see a very deadly brown snake wriggling near his feet and he began driving erratically. The 27-year-old reckons the snake managed to get into the cabin after crawling through the gear shaft.

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Jimmy managed to find a work knife to fight off the serpent but he was still racing along the highway. How he didn't plow the car straight off the road is beyond us.

"The more I moved my legs...it just started to wrap around me. Its head just started striking at the [driver's seat] chair, between my legs," he said.

Credit: Queensland Police
Credit: Queensland Police

Brown snakes can cause death if a victim isn't treated quickly and the 27-year-old driver was worried he had already been bitten. He did everything he could to kill the snake while keeping the car safely on the road.

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That's when the police noticed his ute flying down the highway.

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Thinking he was going to give a lame excuse for going more than 20km/h over the speed limit, police were surprised to learn that he was desperately trying to avoid becoming another brown snake fatality statistic. Ironically, Jimmy was happy to be pulled over by the cops.

"It was pretty terrifying, I've never been so happy to see red and blue lights," Jimmy said.

Credit: Queensland Police
Credit: Queensland Police
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By this time he'd managed to chuck the snake into the tray somehow and the police didn't take too much convincing that his life was certainly in danger.

Paramedics eventually arrived and determined that, thankfully, Jimmy hadn't been bitten by the snake and he was allowed to go on his way without a fine for speeding.

Queensland Police posted the video on to Twitter and one person wrote: "If my memory is correct the brown snake is the second most deadliest snake in Australia. This is an example of a good reason why the driver should be excused from receiving a fine, he was going to stop."

Another added: "Can I just say, well done to the policeman for remaining calm & not making the assumption the driver was blatantly ignoring the law. He was quite obviously concerned for his life, potentially being bitten by a venomous snake. It's great to see that level headed police officers exist."

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A third commented: "Damn I'd loose my s***! A huntsman crawled across the inside of my windscreen when I was young. I freaked out, emptied 2 cans of flyspray into the car and didn't touch it for a week."

Featured Image Credit: Queensland Police

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.