Man stopped for driv­ing 500 kms in re­verse

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - World -

SYD­NEY, Aus­tralia (AP) — A 22-year-old man at­tempted to drive 500 kilo­me­tres 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 km/h, 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 kilo­me­tres away, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

A breath test for al­co­hol proved neg­a­tive, but the man was charged with reck­less driv­ing and other traf­fic of­fences, po­lice said.

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