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Senior Constable Ben Lloyd waded into the fast-flowing water at chest height to retrieve the pups stranded on a car bonnet 

Two five-week-old puppies were left stranded on the bonnet of a sinking car after the driver attempted to cross a flooded causeway in far-north Queensland.

The road was about one metre under water when Aaron Dew drove across, allegedly ignoring road closed signs and flood markers.

The 31-year-old man managed to escape from his vehicle, leaving two young puppies stranded on his car.

Senior Constable Ben Lloyd waded into the fast flowing chest-high water to rescue the stranded puppies.

Mr Dew was later seen on the southern side of the river and was told he was under arrest. 

He then allegedly attempted to flee police by wading deeper into the flood waters, jumping off the causeway and swimming further down the Archer River.

The Archer River Crossing was about one metre under water when Aaron Dew, 31, drove across, allegedly ignoring road closed signs and flood markers

The Archer River Crossing was about one metre under water when Aaron Dew, 31, drove across, allegedly ignoring road closed signs and flood markers

The rescue comes during a state-wide flood alert as Queensland drivers are being warned to take it easy on the roads with wet weather and flash flooding in coastal areas expected

The rescue comes during a state-wide flood alert as Queensland drivers are being warned to take it easy on the roads with wet weather and flash flooding in coastal areas expected

The rescue comes during a state-wide flood alert as Queensland drivers are being warned to take it easy on the roads with wet weather and flash flooding in coastal areas expected.

Police were forced to rescue the man from the river as there were concerns for his safety, Police prosecutor Senior Constable Amy Rennie said. 

The man from Cairns, Queensland, 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 an Coen, before stealing a jerry can and fuel from a property in Ayapathu Street Coen on Sunday.  

Legal Aid Queensland solicitor Linda Cho argued that her client hadn’t thought it water was that deep.

‘It is conceded that Mr Dew’s offending is getting serious in the fact that he is potentially harming and risking himself,’ she said.  

Sergeant McCarthy and Senior Constable Allen (pictured) were forced to rescue the man from the river as there were concerns for his safety, police prosecutor Senior Constable Amy Rennie said

Sergeant McCarthy and Senior Constable Allen (pictured) were forced to rescue the man from the river as there were concerns for his safety, police prosecutor Senior Constable Amy Rennie said

Constable Rennie objected to Mr Dew receiving bail, arguing he had ‘shown no ability to comply with bail conditions in the past.’

‘It is my opinion he would just continue committing further offences,’ Constable Rennie said. 

Magistrate Alan Comans rejected bail agreeing with the prosecution that Mr Dew was an unacceptable risk.

Mr Dew managed to escape from his sinking vehicle (pictured) and allegedly attempted to flee police by wading deeper into the flood waters, jumping off the causeway and swimming further down the Archer River

Mr Dew managed to escape from his sinking vehicle (pictured) and allegedly attempted to flee police by wading deeper into the flood waters, jumping off the causeway and swimming further down the Archer River

The court was told Mr Dew may contest the serious obstruct charge. It will also be alleged the man committed a number of property offences over a number of days in both Weipa an Coen, before stealing a jerry can and fuel from a property in Ayapathu Street Coen on Sunday. 

Mr Dew 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, Coen police have said.

 



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