SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – A 22-year-old man tried to drive 310 miles in reverse on a remote highway after his transmission failed, blocking his forward gears, police said.

The man was stopped by Western Australia state police on Thursday afternoon after they spotted his car roaring in reverse down the highway at about 40 mph. He was en route to the state capital, Perth, when his transmission failed outside a restaurant in the Outback town of Kalgoorlie, about 300 miles away.

Rather than call a mechanic, the man opted to continue driving – in reverse.

Police said they stopped the man outside the nearby town of Coolgardie, about 12 miles from where his backward journey began.

A breath test for alcohol proved negative, but the man was charged with reckless driving and other traffic offenses, police said.


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