One-legged driver outruns cops

Posted on May 28, 2007 

One-legged driver outruns cops

Police in Florida were embarrassed when a driver with no arms and just one leg lost them in a high-speed chase – again.

Officers say the driver was Michael Wiley, 40, who overcame three amputations and taught himself to drive with stumps.

He has since become one of Pasco County’s most prolific traffic offenders, reports the St Petersburg Times.

A police officer in New Port Richey, Miami, says he spotted Wiley in a suspicious vehicle – a blue Ford Explorer – outside a convenience store.

When the officer went to investigate, the Explorer took off, leading police on an eight minute chase before losing its pursuers.

Police are now seeking an arrest warrant for Wiley who, in 1998, led police deputies in a 120mph police chase down Interstate 75.

According to court records, Wiley has stolen a car, kicked a state trooper and attacked his wife headfirst.

He is awaiting trial on separate drug and illegal-driving charges and faces up to five years in prison.

“He is one of the best drivers I’ve ever seen in my life, ” said Lee Michie, a longtime acquaintance. “But he’s the worst person I’ve ever met.”

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