Driver leaves 4WD stuck on bridge
ROCKHAMPTON police were shocked on the weekend to find a man in a four-wheel-drive stuck half way across the Alexander Rail Bridge.
The 20-year-old driver had allegedly attempted to cross the 10m-high bridge about 12.30am on Saturday to avoid a police vehicle.
Not only did his alleged actions provide a hard task for removal but it halted rail services in the city for five hours.
The four-wheel-drive Jeep made it more than 250m across the bridge.
Southern media reported the vehicle became stuck when it got a flat tyre.
Luckily there was no train coming at the time.
Police told The Sunday Mail the man had travelled too far for a tow-truck to retrieve the car, and the use of a crane was deemed too risky.
Queensland Rail was forced to bring in a train to shunt the vehicle to the other side of the bridge.
The vehicle was stuck on the rail tracks about 70m from the southern end of the bridge.
When police arrived at the scene the man allegedly fled.
He was located after a short foot pursuit in a nearby park.
He was charged with a Transport Infrastructure (rail) offence (driving vehicle on a bridge) and obstructing police.
No one was injured during the incident.
He was issued with a notice to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court at a later date.
The man is also being tested for drink and drug-driving.
Train services resumed when the vehicle was removed at 5.30am.
Police investigations are continuing.