Quick-thinking police officers have rescued a pair of puppies who left were stranded by rising Archer River floodwaters the earlier this week.
Coen Police were called to the Archer River Crossing on Monday after a man’s vehicle was washed off the flooded causeway as he attempted to cross the swollen river.
The man allegedly drove his vehicle into the flooded river on purpose, ignoring road closed signs and the flood markers.
While he managed to get out of his vehicle and swim to the northern side of the Archer River, two five week old puppies were stranded on the bonnet of the car.
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Officers realised the pups wouldn’t make it in the flood waters so Senior Constable Ben Lloyd waded into the fast flowing water at chest height to retrieve the stranded pups.
A few hours later, police located the man back on the southern side of the river and told the man he was under arrest.
It’s alleged the man ran back into the river with Sergeant David McCarthy and Senior Constable Cary Allen in hot pursuit as he swam down river.
The 31-year-old Cairns man was charged with three counts of unlicensed driving, two counts of serious obstruction of police, one count each of driving uninsured, driving unregistered, driving without due care and attention, enter premises and commit, wilful damage and stealing.
It will be alleged the man committed a number of property offences over a number of days in both Weipa and Coen, before stealing a jerry can and fuel from a property in Ayapathu Street Coen on Sunday.
He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on March 12.
The puppies were dried off, well fed and now have a new loving home, together.