Barefoot Runner Takes Cops On Two-Hour Chase

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 23, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM UTC
It's unclear what the police wanted with the barefoot-running fugitive. Photo:

He left wet footprints all over the place.

It's unclear what the police wanted with the barefoot-running fugitive. Photo:

There was some barefoot running drama in Mooloolaba, Australia on Wednesday when a persevering runner took police on an exhasting chase that had him running under cars and paddling across canals.

The suspect was dressed only in blue pants and it’s not entirely clear what he had done wrong. He allegedly put something in his pants before being approached by the police and then fled the scene.

Police used dogs to track the runner and left wet footprints on the concrete.

“What are you filming me for?” he asked bystanders who tried to film him. One witness took note that apparently was carrying a cell phone and calling people while he was running. Nearly two hours into the search, police were unable to track him down. Besides running and swimming, the fit fugitive was even seen rolling under cars.

At one point the police thought they had their man at a residence, and were seen interviewing two residents, but they ultimately came up empty handed.

For More: Sunshine Coast Daily

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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