A 23 year-old Mareeba man has been charged with drunk driving and failing to remain at the scene after two men were injured in an alleged car surfing incident in Port Douglas on Saturday night.
Police say the Holden Commodore was turning into Wharf Street from Macrossan Street when an 18 year-old man and a 23 year-old man who’d been riding on top of the vehicle fell onto the road.
The younger man suffered a serious head injury and was rushed to Mareeba Hospital before being taken to Cairns Hospital with a critical care doctor on board.
The 23 year-old man was taken to Mossman Hospital in a serious but stable condition with suspected spinal and pelvic injuries.
He was discharged yesterday.
Constable Anthony Reyes told Tropic Now the incident occurred during the peak dining period.
"Police were initially contacted by concerned members of the public due to the manner of driving by alleged driver," he said.
"Officers arrived and located two males that had been injured after allegedly being flung off the roof of a moving vehicle.
"This is extremely dangerous behaviour on the road that could potentially lead to a fatality or other serious injuries to not only those committing the offences but also other motorists on the road."
The driver has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while drunk, unlicensed and disqualified driving, failing to remain at the scene, driving an unregistered vehicle and possession of a drug utensil.
He’s scheduled to appear in Mossman Magistrates court on June 29.