Fire, delays and a possible concussion

In a dramatic end to the after-work commute, the engine of a car burst into flames after the car hit a power pole on October 28.

Faulconbridge accident: The driver was taken to Westmead Hospital to treat a possible concussion after hitting a power pole. Photo: Top Notch Video

Faulconbridge accident: The driver was taken to Westmead Hospital to treat a possible concussion after hitting a power pole. Photo: Top Notch Video

About 5.30pm, a 40-year-old Hazelbrook man was driving west along the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge, at about the posted speed limit.

About 100m south of Parkes Crescent, the car hit a power pole with a fire starting in the engine bay of the car. Witnesses rushed to the aid of the driver, helping him from the car. Police, paramedics and firefighters attended and extinguished the fire.

One lane of the highway was closed for a short time. The driver was taken by ambulance to Westmead Hospital to treat a possible concussion. The cause of the collision is still under police investigation.

Drug Dog Operation

Thirteen people were searched at pubs in the Mountains, including at Springwood and Katoomba, on Saturday, November 2 in an operation co-ordinated by Blue Mountains Police using a drug detection dog.

Drugs were found on eight people. "Six of these people were charged and two were issued cannabis cautions. Suspected drug types located and seized by police were cannabis, MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, and pharmaceutical drugs," said Blue Mountains Police Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine.

Mail theft

Police are warning homeowners of potential mail thieves after a package was taken out of a mailbox in Hazelbrook recently.

The package was delivered by Australia Post to a residence in Oaklands Road, Hazelbrook, between 2pm and 3pm on October 10 and left in the mailbox.

An unknown person has stolen the package prior to the resident arriving home.

If any member of the community has information call Springwood Police on 4751 0299.

Police urged residents to "please consider having valuable packages not to be delivered to absent residences".

Drink driving

In the past week, three drivers have been detected and charged for driving with mid-range drink driving.

The drivers were a 42-year-old man from Glenmore Park, a 23-year-old man from Kelso, and a 20-year-old man from Faulconbridge.

Two of the drivers were detected over the limit after being at fault in motor vehicle collisions.

"The middle range PCA is a reading between 0.08 and 0.149, which for first offence offenders carries a maximum punishment of nine months imprisonment or a $2,200 fine or both and a 12-month automatic disqualification period," Det Insp McAlpine said.