Double amputee who led police on a bizarre slow speed chase reveals why he didn't stop

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‘It sounded like an ice-cream truck – I didn’t want any ice-cream’: Double amputee who led police on a bizarre chase reveals why he didn’t stop

  • A man out-maneuvered police during a slow-speed chase on a mobility scooter 
  • The 54-year-old claimed he thought the sirens were from an ice-cream truck 
  • The double-amputee was given two fines, but believes he did nothing wrong

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A double amputee who weaved between traffic on a mobility scooter as he led cops on a slow-speed chase has revealed he thought the police car was an ice-cream truck.

Charlie Durham was making his way home in Timaru, New Zealand, on Thursday when police tried to pull him over for speeding.

But instead of stopping, the 54-year-old continued on, dodging the police and narrowly avoiding parked cars.

The event was caught on camera and has been viewed more than 30,000 times, but Mr Durham told Stuff he didn’t stop because he didn’t feel like ice-cream.

Charlie Durham (pictured) was making his way home in Timaru, New Zealand, on Thursday when police tried to pull him over for speeding

‘He had all the lights and sirens going and it sounded like an ice-cream truck and I didn’t really feel like an ice-cream,’ Mr Durham said.

The former seaman also said the police car tried to cut him off at a doctors surgery, but he didn’t think he was being chased so continued evading police by heading down an alleyway.

The amputee also revealed he thought the policeman was being ‘silly’ driving on the wrong wide of the road during the pursuit.

‘When he was on the wrong side of the road and driving along and talking to me saying “slow down” – I just said to him “I have”, and then I said “but you’re on the wrong side of the road” and he was heading straight in to traffic at that stage.’

After seeing the video, Mr Durham said he intended to turn himself in to police the following day, but they beat him to it.

He was issued one fine for failing to stop for red and blue flashing lights, and another for going too fast on a footpath.

Double amputee who led police on a bizarre slow speed chase reveals why he didn't stop

Instead of stopping, the 54-year-old continued on, dodging the police and narrowly avoiding parked cars (pictured)

Mr Durham said he didn’t think footpath speed limits should exist outside the city, and that footpaths in the area were usually empty. 

A police spokeswoman told Newshub the officer pursuing Mr Durham was ensuring his safety and the safety of others.

‘Ultimately the safe use of the mobility scooter by the rider was the aim of the officer,’ the police spokeswoman said.

‘Throughout the incident, the officer continued to assess risk to reduce any hazard risk to ask road users.’

The man lost both his legs in separate accidents.

Mr Durham’s left leg was almost sliced off with some wire while he was working on a tugboat, and lost his right leg in a motorbike accident three years later.

Double amputee who led police on a bizarre slow speed chase reveals why he didn't stop

The former seaman said he was heading home on his mobility scooter (pictured) when the police car tried to cut him off at a doctors surgery, but he didn’t think the car was chasing him so continued evading police by heading down an alleyway

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