Lucky escape for young driver

January 24, 2018

A MAN is lucky to be alive after a single vehicle crash in Runnymede, south of Elmore.

The 20-year-old from Runnymede crashed into a tree on McNamara Rd after he lost control on a dirt road.

Leading Senior Constable Frank Scopelliti of Campaspe Highway Patrol said it is believed the man had been trapped for at least an hour before being found by a passer-by.

‘‘Once crews were called it took SES about 30 minutes to extricate the driver who was then airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a stable condition,’’ Snr Constable Scopelliti said.

It is believed the man suffered a broken femur, which will require surgery.

Snr Constable Scopelliti said people should drive to the conditions, not just the speed limit.

‘‘There are other things drivers should consider: the weather, the road surface and any hazards,’’ he said.

■Police are looking for someone who stole garden ornaments from a Hopetoun St house.

The ornaments were believed to have been stolen between January 16 and 19.

They look like two ocean clam shells which are 60cm in diameter and approximately 40cm high.

If anyone has any information in relation to this theft please contact Rochester police on 54841100.

■On Saturday night a Holden Commodore was stolen from a Rochester address and left at the intersection of Midland Hwy and Heathcote-Rochester Rd in Corop.

On the same night a Holden Rodeo was stolen from a Lockington address and has not yet been recovered.

The registration of the Rodeo is PUK407 and if anyone has seen it or has any information about it call Rochester police.

■On Sunday at about 9pm a 38-year-old Nanneella woman driver was intercepted in the Nanneella area.

She recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.278.

The vehicle was impounded and her licence suspended and she will be summonsed to appear at Echuca Magistrates’ court.

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