Driver fights off snake with just a knife and seatbelt while speeding at 76mph

A driver pulled over by police for speeding was let off when it emerged he was actually trying to fight a snake while driving.

Australian man Jimmy was fighting off the reptile with a knife and a seat belt when officers flagged him down.

Stunned officers who stopped the vehicle at the roadside in northern state of Queensland were confronted with a sight of a panicked, knife-wielding driver, reports the Daily Star.

In a video showing the drama, Jimmy leans out of the window of his car to explain his predicament.

He tells officers he’s worried he may have been bitten by a venomous snake lurking in his ute (Australian slang for “utility vehicle” – a car with an open tray in the rear).

Jimmy fought off the reptile with a knife and a seat belt while he was driving but was not able to slow down and was clocked doing 123kph (76mph) in a 100kph (62mph) zone.

He tells the officer he was bitten by “a brown snake or a tiger snake” which crawled into his car.

“It was in the ute with me, I think it’s bitten me,” he says.

Jimmy, looking frantic, adds: “You can feel my heart, mate.”

The surprised cop asks: “You found a snake in your car?”

He then moves to the back of the vehicle, where a bleeding brown-coloured snake is lying across the tray on top of some sacks.

“Oh that one,” the cop says gesturing at the reptile lying bleeding in the tray.

The officer immediately calls for an ambulance, worrying it could be a deadly species.

Jimmy explains the snake wriggled into his car through the gear stick and tightly coiled itself around his legs.

“The more I moved my legs – it is pretty big – it just started to wrap around me,” he says.

“Its head just started striking at the chair, between my legs.”

Jimmy was worried he was bitten by an eastern brown snake – responsible for 41% of snake deaths in Australia and capable of causing death by heart attack with minutes.

Fortunately, he was not bitten in the fight with the deadly reptile but paramedics called to the scene found he was suffering from shock.

“Yeah it was pretty bloody terrifying, I’m not going to lie,” Jimmy can be heard telling the cop in the clip.

“I’ve never been so happy to see red and blue lights,” he admits.

He was not charged for speeding.