‘What a crock’: police
A MOTORIST who encountered a crocodile trying to cross the highway south of Port Douglas claims police did not believe him when he called them to remove the errant reptile from the road.
Clifton Beach resident Clint Hastie was driving home from Cooktown, via the Captain Cook Highway, on Monday night when he found two cars at a standstill at Wangetti Beach about 10.30pm.
Much to his surprise, there was a 2m long saltwater crocodile crawling across the highway.
“I just kind of saw one car pulled to the side, and another pulled over to the other side, and I’ve pulled up right in front of this croc, and just went ‘wow’,” Mr Hastie said.
“There were cars coming the other way, so I flashed my lights to prevent them from hitting it, and letting it get off the road.”
He watched the croc crawl into bushes near Hartleys Creek.
Mr Hastie, who is a refrigeration mechanic, continued south until he was within range for mobile phone service, and contacted the police as he did not know who else to ring at that time of night, to remove the animal.
“I called the cops, and they had a bit of a giggle, they didn’t believe me,” he said. “So I said ‘I’m serious’. “I said I was more worried about someone going for an early morning jaunt and getting grabbed, if it was hiding in the bush.
“I was actually more concerned about the crocodile, though, making sure it didn’t get hit.”
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the service did not have any record of a call-out to the scene.
A croc stopped traffic at Wangetti