QUEENSLAND has a new hero, and he does his best work in his undies.
Brisbane man Daniel McConnell delivered what was dubbed “the Aussiest interview ” as he described stopping a man from fleeing the scene after allegedly crashing into a partner’s local store.
Mr McConnell’s animated account of how he was woken by a crash outside his home along with his subsequent pursuit of the alleged driver went viral online within hours.
“It’s been off its head, mate!” he said.
The former showgrounds employee jumped into action about 2am when a car smashed into a fish-and-chip store on Nudgee Rd, Hendra, in Brisbane’s inner northeast.
“I jumped out of bed and all I had (on) was my undies and I walked out front and I’ve seen the car smashed and I’ve seen the bloke walking back to the car. And so I’ve walked outside and said,’What are you doing, mate? You can’t be leaving the scene’.”
Mr McConnell said his decision to chase the 35-year-old driver was “just instinct”.
“All I had was me jocks on and I was chasing him up the street and I was just like, ‘mate!’ If I hadn’t have gone and chased him down, mate, they (the shop owners) would have been left with one bloody big bill,” he said.
“It’s really quite funny, I didn’t intend on trying to be famous … I just see it as I done me mates a favour. It’s me mate’s mum’s shop, so what else can you do?”
McConnell reveals more details about his actions at the studio of Channel 7’s “Sunrise”:
Within hours, the internet star had been stopped in the street by a stranger wanting a selfie.
The “top Aussie bloke” cashed in on his new-found fame, with a bidding war between breakfast TV heavyweights Nine and Seven to get the undie-clad hero on TV.
The two stations made offers into the thousands for an exclusive.