Gladstone man fights off snake while driving

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2020

Jimmy, 27, from Gladstone, was driving down the Dawson Highway west of Calliope in central Queensland when he saw a brown snake in the cab of his ute.

A local road policing officer spotted the ute travelling at 123km/h and quickly intercepted it.

He feared it had bitten him so he made a decision to try and kill it while making his way to hospital.

Jimmy used a seat belt and a work knife to fight off the snake off while trying to stop the auto.

'I think it has bitten me, it was with me in the vehicle'. "It was in the vehicle with me". You can feel my heart, mate.

"Oh, that one?" the officer says.

After killing the snake he threw it in the back of his ute and was speeding to hospital, believing he only had minutes to live, when he got pulled over by police for driving at 123kph.

The driver used a seat belt and a nearby knife to fight the snake off while trying to stop his vehicle.

"The more I moved my legs ... it just started to wrap around me".

Jimmy ultimately pulled over, killed the snake with his knife then tossed it in back.

Speeding driver "Jimmy" told police he wasn't able to brake as he was fighting off a deadly brown snake with a knife.

Paramedics who responded to the scene determined Jimmy had not been bitten by the snake. He added that he was relieved to be pulled over.

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

Eastern brown snakes are among the deadliest in the world and kill more Australians than any other snake species.

While this was a particularly unique situation, snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and people should not attempt to capture or injure wildlife in Queensland.

Jimmy managed to avoid getting a ticket or a snakebite from the encounter - though he'll probably be peeking under his seat for snakes for the rest of his life.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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