Emu and the hotel manager thwart a driver fleeing an accident in Malmesbury, England

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LONDON — England has two unexpected new celebrities — a 42-year-old chef and a hulking emu, who inadvertently teamed up to help catch a driver who fled an accident scene after narrowly missing pedestrians and causing significant damage.

Dean Wade said he heard a loud ‘squealing noise’ near his workplace in Wiltshire, south-west England, on Monday and rushed to see a jeep fairing before crashing into the front of a car. an empty store.

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In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Wade, who has worked at the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury for just two weeks, said he could see the driver, who “appeared drunk”, was about to drive away from the scene. . A passenger had left the vehicle.

“There’s no way you’re going anywhere,” Wade told the man, who he said was “swaying” and “staggering” everywhere. He said the man was determined to escape, setting off on foot, but unable to run fast due to his physical condition.

Wearing his non-slip rubber kitchen clogs and chef’s overalls, Wade chased the driver for 15 to 20 minutes, through bushes, vegetable patches and gardens before the couple ended up at an animal sanctuary.

That’s when the real confrontation began.

“I could see this massive emu,” Wade said. “I am 1m80 and it was taller than me.”

Wade said he could tell the bird, which was surrounded by its offspring, was likely to fight back if someone entered its enclosure.

“Dude, don’t go in there,” Wade warned the man, who he said ignored his advice, replying, “I can fight emus” before heading to the bullpen. animal – where it was repeatedly pecked.

“He was stabbing his whole body,” Wade said, prompting the man to swear and unsuccessfully attempt to “kung-fu-kick” the animal.

The bird continued to stab the driver, who eventually gave up, fled the paddock and headed for a river – while Wade took the opportunity to flag down a nearby police cruiser.

Wiltshire Police confirmed on Monday they faced ‘minor injury’ and ‘significant damage’ from the collision which forced the road to close as emergency services attended the scene .

Following “a thorough search of the area”, officials said, one person was arrested after driving while intoxicated. They haven’t named a suspect.

Wade told the Post he had just moved from the sprawling city of Leeds to the picturesque village of Malmesbury for his new job at the Old Bell Hotel, which claims to be England’s oldest hotel. According to its website, the place has been serving travelers since 1220.

“In Leeds, we don’t just sit back and do nothing,” Wade said, crediting his West Yorkshire hometown and passion for justice for giving him the instinct to chase the driver.

Emus are ranked as one of the largest birds in the world, according to National Geographic. The animals can weigh up to 97 pounds and stand over six feet tall. Although they cannot fly, they have “powerful long legs” which they often use to kick predators that get too close.

Wade was keen to point out that he doesn’t see the birds as aggressive but rather as “curious creatures” bent on protecting their young.

“I know what female birds look like,” he said, adding that he had encountered angry swans looking to protect their chicks.

Wade admitted his new life and job in Malmesbury has so far exceeded all expectations: joining forces with an emu to solve crime; be invited to appear on national radio and television in the UK; and responding to interview requests while on the side of a road attempting to fix a flat tire, although this incident is not believed to be bird-related.

The emu, despite its newfound fame, has maintained a lower profile, with the wildlife sanctuary refusing interviews but telling national broadcaster BBC that all of its emus were unharmed and that they are “wonderful creatures”.

Following Wade and the emu’s successful partnership, the hotel and animal sanctuary have also teamed up – striking a deal that sees staff deliver buckets of vegetable peelings from the kitchen to the animals each day in a bid to reduce food waste.

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