It all began when the nude man stopped the taxi by running out into the street in front of traffic.

As the perplexed driver got out of the car to see what was going on, the naked man grabbed the vehicle’s bumper and tried – without much success – to lift it off the ground. As a crowd of puzzled onlookers gathered to watch the spectacle, the man continued in his efforts to lift the car. Eyewitnesses reported that he would sometimes shout ‘please give me strength!’ as he struggled with the taxi…

The bizarre incident took place in Hefei, in Anhui province in eastern China. Police eventually arrived, and attempted to detain the man and get him clothed again – at which point the man hid under a police van and refused to come out.

He was eventually retrieved from under the vehicle by police officers and medical staff.