Searches, crashes, naked man keep local cops busy
TWO SEARCHES for missing people in recent weeks have stretched local police resources the limit.
A Wundowie man in his 30s driving home after a doctor’s appointment in Perth had to call a friend at 11.30pm from Bolgart to say he was lost.
The friend asked him to drive to the next road sign to report his position but didn’t hear back and later reported the missing motorist to police.
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“We sent out four police vehicles in a search that went all night,” Toodyay police chief Sgt Dave Flaherty said.
“We finally found the man driving in Stirling Terrace near the Toodyay Police Station at about 6am next day.
“He was very disoriented and confused, and in urgent need of medical attention due to the lack of his normal medication.
“The man was taken to Northam Hospital to recover.”
A second, much bigger search for another missing man was called off when his body was discovered on March 31.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Twister rips off roofs
THREE local houses were significantly damaged when a cockeyed bob (also known as a willy-willy or dust devil) ripped through West Toodyay last month, tearing off roofs and sending debris high into the air.
The red dust twister struck suddenly in Waters Road at about 4.40pm on a Tuesday afternoon, forcing residents in its path to take shelter.
Hail also fell in some places.
Sgt Flaherty said SES volunteers searching nearby for the missing West Toodyay man were able to arrive quickly at the scene to help safely secure damaged properties.
Nobody was injured.
Two dead in car smashes
TWO PEOPLE were killed in separate car crashes near Toodyay last month.
The first fatal accident occurred at about 5pm on Friday March 22 about 5km north of Bolgart on the Bindi Bindi-Toodyay Road.
A Miling man in his mid 50s was driving home alone on a straight stretch of the 110km/h road when his Subaru wagon veered off the bitumen into a tree.
The force of the head-on impact crushed the engine compartment and the vehicle was a write-off.
The second fatal accident occurred on Friday March 29 in Grass Valley when a person was killed in a single-vehicle accident during the morning while heading east on Great Eastern Highway.
“It’s been quite a while since we’ve had any fatal road accidents and I urge people to take more care when driving.”
“The message is slow down and pay attention,”Sgt. Flaherty said.
Naked suspect pinched
A TOODYAY man suspected of several local burglaries and thefts was arrested and charged by police after being spotted naked at Pelham Reserve lookout last month.
Police received a call about a naked man at the lookout and went to investigate.
The naked man turned out to be already on bail with a night-time curfew after being previously charged with burglaries at the Toodyay District High School and Freemasons Hotel in February.
Local police had just received DNA test results from an earlier incident which resulted in further charges of burglary and damage to an empty house in Folewood Road after a 79-year-old woman who lived alone passed away in January.
The 35-year-old man was due to face court this month.
Nicky off to Midland
SEN. CONST. Nicky Turner will work her last shift at Toodyay Police Station on Friday April 12 after 5½ years in the job.
She has a new post at the police breath and drugs unit in Midland where her husband – former Toodyay police chief Sgt Warren Conder – started work in January.
“He won’t be my boss – I’m working in another part of the building,” she said laughing, although Sgt Flaherty said everyone knew who the real boss was.
“We’ll miss Nicky very much because she provided valuable service to our local community, including as acting officer-in-charge this year before I started and at other times previously,” Sgt Flaherty said.
The couple have built a house in Toodyay and plan to return when they retire from police work.