Cru­cial clue left at scene of crash

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

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.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

EV­I­DENCE: Po­lice at the crash site on Ross River Rd.

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