Crucial clue left at scene of crash
IT WAS not a clean getaway for a man who allegedly fled the scene of a crash at Cranbrook last night.
A crucial clue was left at the scene – a damaged bumper bar complete with numberplate.
Police found the damaged bumper bar on Ross River Rd after a two- vehicle crash just after 6pm.
Townsville District duty officer Senior Sergeant Darren Randall said the Holden Commodore was driving at high speeds and weaving through traffic, when the 29- yearold driver lost control.
The vehicle spun across the median strip and into oncoming traffic before smashing another vehicle.
It is alleged the man then drove into oncoming traffic before turning into Forest Ave at Cranbrook.
A damaged exhaust pipe caused a shower of sparks as the vehicle drove away from the scene.
Sen- Sgt Randall said police tried to stop the vehicle on Nathan St but the man refused to stop.
The vehicle was found a short time later and the man was arrested.
He has been charged with dangerous driving, fleeing an accident, evading police and driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle.
He was also charged with drinkdriving after returning a blood- alcohol reading of 0.141.
“There could have been a very different outcome given the time this crash occurred,” Sen- Sgt Randall said. “There is considerable traffic at that time with people heading home from work, picking the kids up.”
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a 37- yearold man suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the Townsville Hospital in a stable condition.
Anyone with information about the car or the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EVIDENCE: Police at the crash site on Ross River Rd.