Po­lice charge fool­ish driv­ers who drove into flood­wa­ters

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS and the sur­round­ing sub­urbs es­caped much of the dam­age but po­lice of­fi­cers still had plenty of pa­per­work.

Ex-trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia swept past the Isis re­gion on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing, bring­ing rain and strong gusts.

For Childers Po­lice, it hap­pened to bring out the first id­iot af­ter they stopped a man for drink driv­ing.

Emer­gency ser­vices and the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice he­li­copter had to be called on Sun­day af­ter a 72-year-man drove into flood­wa­ter at Degilbo Ck. For rea­sons un­known, the man tried to cross the flooded cause­way on Sec­combes Rd near Biggen­den about 11am.

The man be­came stranded af­ter reach­ing a wa­ter depth of about 1m.

He was un­in­jured and was safely ex­tracted from his car by the spe­cial­ist wa­ter res­cue team.

Biggen­den Act­ing Sergeant Mark Bradley said it was an ex­am­ple of why mo­torists needed to ad­here to road closed signs and re­mem­ber “if it’s flooded, for­get it”.

“Two young lives were lost in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances at this same cause­way in 2004,” he said.

Sgt Bradley thanked the public and lo­cal farm­ers who con­tacted emer­gency ser­vices and later helped re­cover the ve­hi­cle.

The driver was charged with care­less driv­ing and will face court on March 18.

If that wasn’t enough, po­lice had to con­tend with an­other fool­ish act on Mon­day.

This time it would of­fi­cially go on record as driv­ing “with­out due care and at­ten­tion”, but the re­al­ity could have been much more deadly.

A man disregarded a “wa­ter over road” sign and ploughed straight into a swollen Gre­gory River at Farns­field. The man man­aged to es­cape the ve­hi­cle but it be­came sub­merged.

He could only watch in hor­ror as his car was swept about 50m down­river where it came to a stop on sev­eral fallen trees.

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