Man charged over police truck collision
A man who crashed head on with the country’s northernmost police officer has been charged with causing the smash.
Senior Constable Tracee Knowler has been the sole-charge officer at the Houhora station for more than a year and looks after a large area of the rural Far North.
She was the first Northland cop to use Facebook as a crimefighting tool and regularly posts about unsolved cases and trends she notices while on the beat.
On December 23 she posted pictures of her truck to her 1700 followers, which showed a serious collision with a sewage truck.
On Thursday, she posted that the driver of the other vehicle had been charged with careless driving causing injury.
Facebook followers were keen to know how the incident had unfolded.
“Bad driving!!” Knowler responded.
“It’s alleged the pooh truck suddenly crossed into the opposite lane immediately in front of me.”
It is understood the driver of the sewage truck broke his neck in the collision.
"I really am extremely lucky/thankful to get off with a few bumps, bruises and stitches in my knee," Knowler wrote at the time of the incident.
"It just goes to prove what I have said a few times on here before: it can happen to anybody at any time."