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Video: Mich. man's feet fail to stop brakeless car

Video: Mich. man's feet fail to stop brakeless car

August 19th, 2011 in News

This screenshot from a police car dash video shows an officer in Roseville, Mich., as he stops a pickup truck on Thursday. The pickup had no working brakes and the driver was attempting (unsuccessfully) to stop at intersections by sticking his foot out of the vehicle onto the pavement. VIEW EMBEDDED VIDEO BELOW.

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A police video camera captured images of a 24-year-old Detroit-area man who tried using his feet to stop a runaway pickup truck with faulty brakes and caused multiple collisions, exhibiting "moronic decision making," a Roseville police official said Thursday.

An in-car police video posted online by The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens ( shows a patrol car following the truck until it stopped.

After the vehicle's brakes failed on a busy street in Roseville, about two miles north of Detroit, the man continued driving and stuck his feet outside the car to stop it, Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said.

Witnesses said the man reached speeds of about 40 mph and was able to stop the car on at least two occasions. The car eventually struck four vehicles.

"This guy's no rocket scientist," Berlin said. "Citizens were calling in saying this guy is all over the road, using his feet."

He struck two vehicles after being unable to stop at a red light, and continued on. An officer who pulled next to the man's car told him to shift into "park," but that didn't work and he rolled into two other vehicles before the car stopped.

"He said he was going to fix the brakes when he got home," Berlin said.

He was arrested for driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. The man is scheduled ""to explain his moronic decision making" during a court hearing next month, Berlin said.