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ROSEVILLE, Mich. — The feet of a 24-year-old Detroit-area man failed him as he tried to use them to brake his pickup on a busy highway.

Roseville Police Deputy Chief James Berlin said the man rolled about two miles on Groesbeck Highway while sticking his feet outside his truck 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 was tired and had to go to work the next day. The chief called it a case of "moronic decision-making," reported The Detroit News.

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He was unable to stop the truck at a red light at the intersection of 13 Mile and Groesbeck, ran the light and hit two vehicles, Berlin said. He continued on and hit two more at another intersection, Berlin said.

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.
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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.

He faces charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

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


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Berlin said the man passed field sobriety tests


...then I suspect this man must possess a single digit IQ.
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#11
How'd he put it in drive without a break?
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#15
Did he know the emergency brake probably still functioned?

The first thing you learn when driving is to use the e-brake when your brakes fail.
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#18
Quote by ethan_hanus
It's an automatic, you don't have to apply the break to put it in gear, but it's a good idea.

Yes you do

Every Automatic I've ever driven you had to put on the brakes to put it in gear.
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#19
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Yes you do

Every Automatic I've ever driven you had to put on the brakes to put it in gear.


Not really. There's no safety switch on the brakes. There is a neutral safety, which means you can't start the car in any gear but park and neutral.

On manuals, you have to have the clutch pushed in when you start the car, it's another safety thing to keep you from taking off as you start it.

It's just a habit of putting your foot on the brake when you start it, and put it in gear, so the car doesn't take off the second you put it in gear.
#20
some automatics actually do require you to step on the break while going form park to drive, or whatever. I know for a fact I cannot move the shifter in my car if I'm not stepping on the brake...from experience.
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#21
Quote by 12epi345
some automatics actually do require you to step on the break while going form park to drive, or whatever. I know for a fact I cannot move the shifter in my car if I'm not stepping on the brake...from experience.


Must be the newer cars, cause all the ones I've driven(quite alot, being a mechanic) have never needed you to step on the brake to shift it, especially anything that has a column shifter.
#22
Wow... I wonder what the police officer said to him haha. I wish they showed that part.
#23
Quote by ethan_hanus
Must be the newer cars, cause all the ones I've driven(quite alot, being a mechanic) have never needed you to step on the brake to shift it, especially anything that has a column shifter.


nope, it's a 99. but it doesn't have a column shifter.
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#25
I hope he didn't expect the stuff in the bed of the truck to help him :|
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Quote by ethan_hanus
Must be the newer cars, cause all the ones I've driven(quite alot, being a mechanic) have never needed you to step on the brake to shift it, especially anything that has a column shifter.


To shift from park, you need to apply pressure to the break on my car.
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#27
They're right you need to push on the break to shift. Even if you didn't have to, it still would be smart to do so.
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