Drink, drugs and crashes keep police on toes
DRUG raids on four Toodyay properties last month resulted in more than 20 charges against about a dozen people.
The biggest raid was at a rural property in Morangup where a cannabis crop weighing a total of about about 4kg was found in a shed and greenhouse fitted with hydroponic equipment.
Drug material seized included a large number of cannabis plants in several big hessian bags, smaller snaplock plastic bags containing measured quantities of dried cannabis, small bottles of cannabis resin, scales, smoking implements, growing equipment and cash.
“The offender was declared in court as a drug trafficker and the case is ongoing,” Toodyay police chief Sgt Warren Conder said.
Three other local raids netted smaller amounts of cannabis, methamphetamines and drug use equipment such as pipes.
The drug raids were as the result of information received from the public, and further inquiries are continuing.
“We encourage anyone with information that might help stop drug trafficking in our local community to call us,” Sgt Conder said.
Drivers drug swiped
AN INTENSIVE police drug swipe campaign was conducted on local roads in the third week of September.
“We did 53 drug swipes on drivers at random road stops all over the shire and got five positive results for methamphetamines and cannabis,” Sgt Conder said.
Drug swipes involve police using a mouth swab to obtain a small sample of saliva to test for traces of illicit drugs.
Unlike with drink driving where motorists are allowed to drive with less than .05 of alcohol in their blood, it is an offence to drive with any quantity of an illegal drug in your body.
During August, police stopped a total of 785 motorists for random drink and drug tests on local roads, and issued six infringement notices for speeding and 20 cautions.
“People often complain about being stopped for a random breath test on a Sunday morning when they think nobody would be drink driving,” Sgt Conder said.
“But you’d be surprised how often people are still over the limit next morning after few drinks the previous night.
“As an officer of the law who has seen many gruesome fatalities, I make no excuse for that.
“I make no excuse for taking a few minutes of their time for a breath test if it means another traumatic death can be avoided.
“I just ask people to be patient.”
145km/h car seized
A LOCAL man caught doing 145km/h in a 100km/h zone had his 4WD vehicle seized by police.
“When stopped, most people say they didn’t know they were speeding, some give an excuse and some say nothing,” Sgt Conder said.
“However, that’s no excuse when people are clocked doing well above the speed limit.
“In particular, we see lots of drivers flogging through the 60km/h zone in Gidgegannup, which will lead to fines and demerit points.
Crushed on impact
A MOTORIST returning home from a friend’s house had to be cut from his car by Toodyay Fire and Rescue Service volunteers after he lost control on a bend and wrapped his car sideways around a tree.
The man aged in his late 50s who police suspect had been drinking turned right from Julimar Road into Coondle West Road and lost control of his car on a sweeping bend.
“He lost control, veered across the road, tipped the car up and slammed sideways into a tree,” Sgt Conder Said.
“Fortunately he was travelling alone because the passenger seat was totally compressed by the roof – anyone sitting there would have been instantly crushed to death.
“He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, including to his head.
Another car went off the same bend from the opposite side the day before and ended up in a paddock.
“I know we keep saying this, but for goodness sake please take more care when driving because we don’t want to have to keep seeing dead and maimed bodies being cut out of cars.”
Historic cottage vandalised
POLICE are seeking public help to find offenders who tried to jemmy open a door at historic Parker’s Cottage at the Toodyay Showgrounds last month.
The cottage was built in the late 1880s and is on the Shire of Toodyay heritage register.
The offenders also kicked in some wall rendering and damaged an externally mounted air-conditioning unit.
“Unfortunately, it’s a dark area and there are no gates,” Sgt Conder said.
“However, if anyone saw or sees anything that looks suspicious in that area could they please call Toodyay police on 9574 9555, Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Toodyay shire rangers on 9574 4555 (including after hours).