Emus attack drunk driver who fled from Malmesbury scene: report

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Emus attack drunk driver who fled from Malmesbury scene: report

This hit-and-run’s not gonna fly!

A 6-foot-tall emu and her offspring helped stop an intoxicated driver from fleeing a car crash in England — by jabbing and pecking him with their pointy beaks, according to reports Wednesday.

The bloodthirsty flightless birds attacked the unnamed driver after he allegedly slammed into a storefront in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, on Monday — narrowly missing pedestrians and ruffling neighbors’ feathers with a “massive screech,” according to the Times of London.

Dean Wade, a chef at the nearby Old Bell Hotel, saw the 40-something driver and a passenger hop out of the Jeep and run away, according to the report.

“I bolted it out of the hotel to see if anyone needed help,” said Wade, 42. “A man and a woman decided to hot-foot it away and I thought there is no way I am letting that happen, so I decided to follow them.”

The pair high-tailed it through bushes, into a wilderness — and the driver hopped a fence into an emu sanctuary, said Wade, who chased them in rubber chef’s clogs.

The driver ran into an emu sanctuary after fleeing the scene.
The driver ran into an emu sanctuary after fleeing the crash scene.
Malmesbury Animal Sanctuary

“I could see this massive emu,” Wade later told the Washington Post. “I’m 6 foot tall and it was bigger than me.”

I said to [the driver], ‘Don’t go in there, look at that emu, it will do you in,’” he said.

When the driver then entered the enclosure, the big bird and her babies violently pecked and jabbed him in the head and gut, he said.

“It was stabbing his body all over,” causing the driver to try to “kung-fu-kick” the animal away, Wade said.

The birds contained the suspect, violently jabbing and pecking him across his head and body.
The birds contained the suspect, violently jabbing and pecking him across his head and body.
Malmesbury Animal Sanctuary

“The driver is throwing kung fu kicks and punches and the emu is moving its neck out of the way and jabbing him in the ribs and the head. It really must have hurt,” said Wade.

The driver eventually gave up, and ran out of the pen toward a river, as Wade flagged down a police car — prompting a helicopter search of the area.

The fleeing duo was later arrested near the animal sanctuary, and the driver was charged with failing to stop at the scene of a crime and driving while intoxicated, police said.

“In Leeds, we don’t stand by and do nothing,” Wade said of his hometown. “My only regret is I didn’t have my phone in my hand to video it; the words don’t do it justice.”

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