OLD LASER LIGHTS POLICE RADAR
Sleeping driver of stolen Ford Laser gets rude awakening:
INSTINCT led Monto Police’s Ron Mientjes to detect a stolen car which had been caught in traffic after a crash on the Burnett Hwy on Sunday.
Once Snr Cons Mientjes ran a check on the car’s plates and confirmed his hunch was correct, the sleeping driver was in for a shock.
A POLICE officer’s hunch turned out to be true when he thought a vehicle stuck in traffic at a car crash looked suspicious.
While some drivers returned home or took back roads during a nine-hour shutdown on the Burnett Hwy following the crash Sunday night, others pulled over and settled down for a roadside nap, including the driver of the stolen vehicle.
For Monto Police Senior Constable Ron Mientjes, the old Ford Laser immediately sounded alarm bells.
“It was just an instinct (that called him to check his number plates),” Snr Cons Mientjes said.
“It just looked how you would expect a stolen vehicle to look.”
As the police were clearing cars away, Snr Cons Mientjes said he initially could not see the driver of the car because he was so far slumped down in his seat.
“So we ran the number plate and found it was stolen,” he said.
“Biloela police arrested him.”
A 66-year-old Biloela woman is now recovering after she received a serious head injury in the crash between her Hilux ute and an Isuzu truck, carrying two horses and driven by a Monto woman.
Snr Cons Mientjes said the crash happened about 7.30pm just south of Cattle Creek, about 30km north of Monto.
“We had no independent witnesses and have only talked to one of the drivers, so at this stage the exact cause of the crash is unknown,” he said.
“But it appears they passed on a very narrow stretch of road and one has drifted and collided with the other.”
He said the Monto woman driving the truck was injured after the crash, after falling over when running to help the other injured woman.
The Biloela woman was flown to Rockhampton ICU in a stable condition for treatment and it was planned she would later be flown to Brisbane to undergo surgery.
Snr Const Ron Mientjes It was just an instinct.