Australia’s Real Life ‘Captain Underpants’ Foils Hit & Run, Becomes Instant Hero

Brisbane man Daniel McConnell prevented a hit and run offender from getting away from police overnight, when he confronted a 35-year-old man who’d crashed his car into a shop front.

The car smashed into the fish and chip shop at 2am on Thursday morning, waking McConnell, who went down to investigate the scene wearing only his undies.

“I come outside in me jocks, and I seen old mate,” McConnell told Channel 9. “And I said, ‘oi, what are you doing here mate, you gotta wait here,’ and he’s like, ‘Na, na, I fell asleep behind the wheel.’”

The offender then tried to make a break for it, before McConnell went full Captain Underpants on him.

“He’s just started taking off, so I’ve run inside, jumped in me little purple car, and started chasing him up the street,” he said. “He went down a side street, and I told the coppers he went down a side street, and they went and got him.”

When asked whether the driver seemed drunk, McConnell responded, “He didn’t seem normal, he might have been under the influence of something. I’m not a police officer so I can’t answer that question.”

Though we reckon we could probably use a few more coppers like him.

Watch the interview with newly minted Aussie legend Daniel McConnell, below.