Aloe tree to the rescue after naked bus passenger runs amuck in Willowmore

2014-01-15 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — When a naked man jumped onto the bonnet of her car in Willowmore to escape from the panting police in hot pursuit, a farmer’s wife swerved left and right to get rid of him.

The story started early on Monday morning with an allegedly deranged passenger on an Intercape bus, explained town mayor Ewald Loock. At about 4 am just a bit outside Willowmore, one of the passengers stood up and undressed.

“Swinging around with his fists (and everything else) in his birthday suit, the man was ready to fight off all comers,” said Loock.

The bus driver meanwhile called the cops in Willowmore and asked them to wait for his bus — he had a berserk passenger who needed pacifying. By the time he drove into town, the man had already smashed the windscreen of the bus with a fire extinguisher. The man jumped out of the bus as soon as it stopped — but police officers were waiting for him. A short wrestling match ensued during which it has to be said the officers were a bit reluctant to hold on tight to the naked man, who managed to wriggle lose and grab the pistol of one of the officers.

At this point, Sunette Nortjé was driving down the main street in her Hilux bakkie.

“The man then ran for her bakkie and jumped onto the bonnet,” said Loock. But Nortjé would have none of the sudden passenger and started jerking her steering wheel from side to side in the best movie tradition.

“I got the fright of my life — I thought it was an early morning robbery. So I decided to shake him off,” she said. By the time the pursuing cops caught up with their fleeing desperado, they had their own pistols aimed. A few shots were fired, but luckily no one was hit. Again the nude escapee saw a gap — this time the open doors of the cops’ car. “He jumped into the police car and raced away,” said Loock.

At the end, an large aloe tree came to the town’s rescue, stopping the nude desperado in his tracks — right next to the sign that reads: “Welkom in Willowmore”.

Loock said an aloe’s trunk is a lot tougher than what people think.

The man was arrested and as the sun rose over Willowmore, peace again descended over the small Karoo town.

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