Car boot surprise startles sergeant
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.
A bungarra lizard gave a Cue police officer a surprise recently.