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 ever” as he described stopping a man from fleeing the scene after allegedly crashing into a mate’s nearby store.
Mr McConnell’s animated account of how he had been awakened by a crash outside his house and his subsequent pursuit of the alleged driver went viral online within hours.
“It has been off its head, partner!” he said.
Daniel McConnell has been labelled a hero for his actions.
The former showgrounds employee jumped into action about 2am when a car smashed into a fish-and-chip shop on Nudgee Rd, Hendra, in Brisbane’s inner northeast.
“I jumped out of bed and I had (on) was my undies and I walked out front and I have seen the car smashed and I have seen the bloke walking back to the car. And so I’ve walked outside and said,’What are you doing, mate? You can not be leaving the scene’.”
Mr McConnell said his decision to chase the 35-year-old driver was “only instinct“.
“All I had was me jocks on and I was chasing him up the road and I was like,’mate!’ If I hadn’t have gone and chased him down, mate, they (the shop owners) would have been left with a single bloody big bill,” he said.
“It’s really quite funny, I did not intend on trying to become 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 was stopped in the street by a stranger needing a selfie.
The “top Aussie bloke” cashed in on his newfound fame, using a bidding war between breakfast TV heavyweights Seven and Six to get the undie-clad hero on TV.
The two channels made offers into the thousands for an exclusive.