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Man tries to drive home using feet as brakes — unsuccessfully

The feet of a 24-year-old Detroit-area man fail him as he tries to use them to brake his pickup on a busy street, police say, but he kept on trucking even after hitting four vehicles as he fails to stop for two red lights.
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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.

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.

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. contributed to this report.