Car boot sur­prise star­tles sergeant

Pilbara News - - News - Gavin Box

A po­lice of­fi­cer in the Mid West got more than he bar­gained for dur­ing a rou­tine traf­fic stop last Wed­nes­day — com­ing face-to-face with a big bun­garra, or sand goanna.

The dead bun­garra had been hit by the car and the oc­cu­pants had wrapped it in a towel, plan­ning to eat it later.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the of­fi­cers at the scene, Sergeant Clint Brennan of Cue po­lice, a “big burly fella with tatts”, popped the boot and was about to search the con­tents when he let out a squeal.

“It gave the good old sergeant a bit of a scare,” Con­sta­ble Scott Ma­son said.

“It was a rea­son­ably big one — about one-and-ahalf me­tres long.

“The Sarge is afraid of snakes and I think all he could see was a bit of its head and claws un­der the towel.

“We’re not sure ex­actly what was go­ing through his mind be­cause we haven’t de­briefed yet.”

Po­lice let the oc­cu­pants take the lizard but one of the oc­cu­pants, a man in his mid-30s, is fac­ing drug charges after of­fi­cers al­legedly found cannabis and a smok­ing im­ple­ment in the car.

He will face Cue Mag­is­trate’s Court at a later date.

Con­sta­ble Ma­son is not ex­pect­ing any “jus­tice” from Sgt Brennan over his dis­clo­sure of the in­ci­dent.

“I’m al­ready on toi­let du­ties. What are they go­ing to do — send me to a re­gional po­lice sta­tion in WA, like Cue,” he said jok­ingly.

Pic­ture: Twit­ter

A bun­garra lizard gave a Cue po­lice of­fi­cer a sur­prise re­cently.

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