Man's Feet Fail To Stop Brakeless Car

Police: Driver Hit Several Cars On Groesbeck Highway

Published On: Oct 02 2011 04:26:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2011 10:12:38 AM EDT
ROSEVILLE, Mich. -

The feet of a 24-year-old Detroit-area man failed him as he tried to use them to brake his car on a busy street.

Roseville Police Deputy Chief James Berlin said the man rolled about two miles on Groesbeck Highway while while sticking his feet outside his car in attempts to stop it, hitting four vehicles along the way.

Berlin said the man admitted he knew the brakes weren't working but wanted to get home because he had work issues. He hit two vehicles after a running a red light and continued on and hit two more at another intersection.

He said the driver was finally stopped when an officer caught up with him and told him to put the truck in park.

"I just can't believe anybody would think for a second they could make it home using their feet as a brake," Berlin said.

No one was injured during Wednesday afternoon's accidents, but the man received a citation for reckless driving. Berlin said the man passed field sobriety tests, but his driver's license also was suspended at the time of the accidents.

"It's so stupid it's comical. But it could have been very tragic," Berlin said.