Bolt from blue for boys in blue

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Lightning struck this police car's aerial, disabling the electrical system.
Camera IconLightning struck this police car's aerial, disabling the electrical system. Credit: Mid West-Gascoyne Police

A police officer escaped unscathed after lightning struck a police car about 5km south of Cue last Wednesday.

“They were borrowing one of our cars, otherwise we probably wouldn’t have heard about it,” Sen. Const. Kingsley Thorpe said from Geraldton Police Station.

Meekatharra Police Sgt Keith Fay said the officer was returning from Geraldton with the loan vehicle because the Meekatharra car was in for repairs.

“There was lightning activity in the vicinity and it would appear a lightning bolt has struck the rear antenna,” he said.

“He’s heard quite a loud bang and electrical zapping.

“The electrical system cut out and he had to pull over on the other side of the road to assess what’s happening.”

Sgt Fay said Cue police helped the officer get back to Meekatharra and he appeared to be OK after a medical examination.

The vehicle was being assessed for damage in Geraldton.

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