Driver off course at Coutts Crossing
A STOLEN station sedan was abandoned by thieves and left teetering on the edge of a six-metre drop on the fringes of the Coutts Crossing Golf Club course yesterday morning.
A greenkeeper discovered the vehicle crashed into a barbed-wire fence near the fifth hole as he went to work yesterday.
Half of the white Commodore's chassis sat precariously over the drop down to the banks of the Orara River. The vehicle was held back by the resistance of the fence and safety mesh.
Police said the car had been stolen in Grafton.
It had been taken from Oliver Street on Sunday night.
Minor damage to the front of the car and the driver's side door was caused by the collision with the fence.
Coutts Crossing resident Peter Creenaune was awakened by the sound of squealing brakes and a loud thud at about 3.15am.
He said the sound was so loud that he thought it must have been caused by an accident on the Coutts Crossing bridge bordering the golf course. It was only when he walked his dogs on the course a few hours later that he found the cause of the noise.
Mr Creenaune believed the car thieves had taken the vehicle around the course for a joy ride before abandoning the vehicle.
He said grass on the fairway of the sixth hole had been torn up with tyre marks.