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Man attempts to drive 500 kms in reverse on Australian Outback highway

Man attempts to drive 500 kms in reverse on Australian Outback highway

A 22-year-old man attempted to drive 500 kilometers (310 miles) in reverse on a remote Outback highway after his transmission failed, blocking his forward gears, police said Friday.
The man was stopped by Western Australia state police on Thursday afternoon after they spotted his car roaring in reverse down the highway at about 65 kph (40 mph), according to a statement.
He was en route to the state capital, Perth, when his transmission failed outside a restaurant in the Outback town of Kalgoorlie, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) away, according to media reports.
Rather than call a mechanic, the man opted to continue driving, in reverse.
Police said they stopped the man, whose identity was not immediately released, outside the nearby town of Coolgardie, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from where his backward journey began.
A breath test for alcohol proved negative, but the man was charged with reckless driving and other traffic offenses, police said. He was ordered to appear before the Coolgardie Magistrates Court on Monday.


Updated : 2021-06-25 18:48 GMT+08:00