Chase reached 200km/h, court told


A P-PLATE motorbike rider involved in a high-speed police chase reaching speeds of 200km/h has appeared in the Lismore Local Court.

Matthew William Hicks, 20, of Goonellabah, yesterday pleaded guilty after leading police on a pursuit last September through South Gundurimba and along Coraki Road, the Coraki-Casino Road and the Bruxner Highway.

Hicks was charged with failing to provide information to police, riding a motorcycle greater than the 150 kilowatts allowed for a P-plate rider, not displaying P-plates and riding recklessly.

Yesterday, Magistrate Nick Reimer handed down a twoyear licence disqualification, a two-year good behaviour bond and fines totalling $960.

Police facts stated that on September 25 last year police clocked Hicks riding his green Kawasaki motorbike at 124km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Bruxner Highway at South Gundurimba.

But when they tried to pull him over, Hicks refused.

The facts said police followed Hicks on to Coraki Road, but called off the pursuit when speeds reached 200km/h.

Police lost sight of Hicks, but another police unit found him turning on to Coraki Road heading toward Casino.

There then was a second pursuit which was again called off at 200km/h.

Police said that during the chase Hicks crossed to the wrong side of the road and nearly lost control.

Hicks also failed to give way to a car at an intersection on the Bruxner Highway.

He was last seen heading toward Lismore.

On October 31, Hicks was stopped by police in Lismore and later arrested.

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