‘What a crock’: po­lice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Daniel Bate­man

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.

Pic­ture: CLINT HASTIE

A croc stopped traf­fic at Wangetti

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