Angry emu joins chase for driver as he fled scene of dramatic town centre crash

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A driver had an unexpected encounter during an arrest for crashing his car after he was by a very large emu bird.

Having fled from the scene of the crash in Malmesbury, where he swerved into a shop front and landed at around a 90 degree angle from the roadside, the giant bird chased him as he fled through nearby fields, forests and gardens.

The odd chase lasted around 15 minutes.

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It later turned out that the man was also chased by the executive chef of the Malmesbury Old Bell Hotel, known only as Dean.

According to local reports, they ran out of town and into a farm, which keeps exotic animals.

One witness says the pair came face to face with a mother emu protecting her young.

Wiltshire police caught up and arrested him before he came to any harm, as emus can kill humans if provoked enough.

Dean, who also happens to be a fisherman, said: “The mother obviously felt threatened and proceeded to attack him.

''I'm a fisherman, and I have been around swans when they are with their young and I know how protective mother birds are so I thought, there's no way I'm going in there.

“They are massive.”

The incident took place yesterday (July 25) on Gloucester Street, Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “At around 12.30pm today (July 25) we received a call about a single-vehicle collision in Gloucester Street, Malmesbury, where a vehicle had collided with the front of a building.

“The driver and passenger of the vehicle were seen to leave the scene, so officers carried out a search of the local area.

“They have both now been detained and enquiries are ongoing.”

It was not made clear how the man or police managed to evade the angry emu, or just how big the bird was.

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