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Mobility scooter 'speed racer' holds up traffic in Australia

By Ben Hooper

May 25 (UPI) -- A shocked office worker captured video of the scene outside his lunchroom window when a "speed racer" in a mobility scooter held up traffic on a busy road.

Chris Jones, who works at an office in Brisbane, said he looked out the lunchroom window about 10:30 a.m. Thursday and spotted a man in a mobility scooter driving in the fast lane on one of the city's busiest roads.

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The video shows the man -- branded "speed racer" by Jones -- driving his scooter in front of a bus and an increasingly long line of slowed traffic.

"We were in the lunchroom having a coffee as you do and looked out onto the road and we could see a little mobility scooter coming past in the right hand lane," Jones told The Brisbane Times.

"There was a bus behind him trying to get past and a whole lot of traffic behind him," he said. "It went from laughter to I hope he doesn't get injured."

Jones said the man was seen going in the opposite direction a short while later.

"He came zooming past on the footpath so he obviously didn't get into any trouble," he said.

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He said the man was driving at a top speed of about 6 mph.

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