Rider crashes motorbike

A MOTORCYCLIST travelling at speeds in excess of 200km/h was arrested after crashing his bike on the Pacific Highway five kilometres north of Brunswick Heads on New Year’s Eve.

The man, who police say is lucky to be alive, was travelling south towards Byron Bay when he overtook a police van on the freeway near Cudgera Creek shortly after 6pm.

Police in the van estimated the rider was travelling at least 180km/h at that stage, but said it was too fast to determine the motorcycle’s make or registration number.

They could only describe it as ‘white and fast’ at the time and were genuinely shocked at the motorcyclist’s speed, not to mention the danger he posed to himself and other motorists.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said the officers attempted to pursue the offender, but could not catch up and radioed for assistance.

A Highway Patrol unit responded, but quickly called off its chase due to the high speeds.

“Police will allege the offender was travelling at up to 220km/h before the pursuit was terminated,” Insp Steel said.

“The officers continued (down the freeway), locating the motorcyclist approximately five kilometres north of Brunswick Heads attempting to restart the bike after he had crashed.”

The man was breath tested and arrested before being conveyed to Byron Bay police station, where he returned a low-range PCA reading.

Insp Steel said he was released on bail to allow him to seek medical attention for injuries sustained from the crash and would be issued with a future court attendance notice for his PCA reading and other charges.

Police are extremely disappointed someone could still be so recklessness during such a high visibility campaign like the current Operation Arrive Safe.



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