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Speeding tradie fights off deadly snake with knife

Speeding tradie fights off deadly snake with knife

A tradie pulled over for speeding has stunned police with his outrageous – but true – excuse.

In outrageous, but real, vision, the tradesman, named “Jimmy”, is pulled over by police for driving 123km/h in a 100km/h zone.

“A brown snake or a tiger snake, it’s in the back of the ute,” he says. “It was in the ute with me, I think it’s bitten me.”

The officer moved to the back of the ute, where a large brown snake was bleeding and laying across the back tray.

Jimmy said the snake had slithered into his car through the gear stick before wrapping around his legs.

“The more I moved my legs … it just started to wrap around me.,” he said.

“Its head just started striking at the (driver’s seat) chair, between my legs.”

Jimmy used a seat belt and a work knife he had nearby to fight off the snake and then began driving towards the hospital, believing he had been bitten.

Paramedics were called to the scene and determined he had not been bitten, but was suffering from shock.

The eastern brown snake is one of the deadliest in the world.

Jimmy was not charged.