An Australian man has won millions of hearts in few hours after chasing an unlicensed driver in his pants. Daniel McConnell from Brisbane, Queensland, received huge number of fan following after telling how wearing only his underwear he chased an unlicensed driver, who had crashed into a shop.

The underwear hero – the name given to McConnell out of love by people – said that he leapt from his bed after the accident in his neighbourhood in the early hours of Thursday (24 November). He said that his wife first heard the commotion outside, caused by a car crashing into a fish and chip shop, which belonged to his friend's mother.

"I come outside in me jocks, and I've seen old mate... and I said, 'oi, what are you doing there mate, you gotta wait here,' and he's like, 'nah, nah, I fell asleep behind the wheel,'" McConnell was quoted as saying by Australia's Nine Network in an interview, which has been viewed millions of times online.

"He just started taking off, so I've run inside, jumped in me little purple car, and started chasing him up the street. He went down a side street, and I told the coppers he went down a side street, and they went and got him," he added.

Soon after his story became viral, McConnell received praises from all across Australia on social media for his actions and colourful turns of phrase. While, some suggested their favourite "underwear man" should be given a bravery award, some were of the opinion that he should signed up as an underwear promoter.

One Nine Network presenter also called McConnell "Australian of the year" at the end of the interview.

While, another asked him, "You know all good superheroes wear their underwear on the outside?" on which he replied, yes I know, "but I had nothing on but me jocks".

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Daniel McConnell became underwear hero after chasing an unlicensed driver who crashed into a shop in Brisbane, Queensland YouTube

The 35-year-old man, who crashed into the shop, has been charged with unlicensed driving and is expected to appear at Brisbane Magistrates' Court on 31 January.