Naked, bloody, bruised: Tradie's bold bid to save ute
A TRADIE barely escaped with his life after holding onto the back of his ute in the nude before the criminals were able to shake him off.
Bobby-Lee Cook was showering when his partner heard his prized Toyota Hilux dual cab ute revving loudly outside their Bracken Ridge home around 10:30 last night.
Running out to try and save his ute and wearing only a towel, the 28-year-old quickly jumped on the back before the vehicle sped away, taking him on a half naked high-speed ride across Brisbane's north.
"It was pretty erratic driving," Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook said the crazy driving was to try and throw him off the car, that hit speeds of 140km/h.
Swerving across both sides of the road, the car travelled from Bracken Ridge to the Gateway Motorway and then to Murrumba Downs.
Holding on for his life, one of the men sitting in the passenger seat threw a ceramic coffee mug at Mr Cook, striking him on the head and causing significant bleeding.
"I did see it in mid air and tried to dodge it but I couldn't," he said.
"As soon as it smashed I saw blood."
Realising that he had been struck, he pulled off the towel that was wrapped around his waist to try and stop the bleeding, while still holding onto the back of the ute.
Mr Cook said that the drivers almost lost control of the vehicle at the Bruce Highway overpass due to the wet conditions.
"It was pretty scary I thought we were going to roll at that point," he said.
The ute came to a halt on Castle Hill Drive at Murrumba Downs and was approached by a white car.
Mr Cook initially thought help was at hand, but it turned out to be accomplices to the crime.
Mr Cook said that the young men aged between 16 and 20 began making verbal threats, saying they would take him out to the bush and stab him.
He jumped off the car and the men sped off. The cars were last seen on Dohles Creek road.
Mr Cook believes that the criminals had been planning the theft for a couple of days, saying they were eyeing it off because the vehicle did not have registration plates at the time of theft.
His partner Amy Kendall, 28 who is 35 weeks pregnant said she feared the worst the moment she realised he had jumped onto the back of the ute.
"The fact that we couldn't find him made it all the more stressful," she said.
About 40 minutes later Mr Cook rung his mobile telling Miss Kendall that he was safe.
"Hearing his voice was a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that he was okay," she said.
Mr Cook said that he recently paid off car which he bought more than three years ago.
"It is a dream car and did take a lot of work to get," he said.
Unfortunately the car was not insured at the time of robbery.
Police are urging the public to contact them on 131 444 if they have any information.