Fleeing motorcyclist crashes at 170km/h

By Dana Kinita

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An 18-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to Rotorua Hospital after he broke his leg when he crashed on State Highway 5, near Waiotapu. Photo / Stephen Parker
An 18-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to Rotorua Hospital after he broke his leg when he crashed on State Highway 5, near Waiotapu. Photo / Stephen Parker

A Rotorua teenager reportedly reached speeds of up to 170km/h on a motorcycle before crashing on State Highway 5 near Waiotapu.

Rotorua police Sergeant Chris McLeod said an 18-year-old man was seen driving a 2006 Triumph Rocket motorcycle at 11.48am yesterday. The vehicle was travelling at speed on State Highway 38 near Okaro Rd, towards Murupara.

"Police attempted to pull the vehicle over but he refused to stop," Mr McLeod said.

"He accelerated away overtaking a logging truck at about 170km/h. Police abandoned pursuit."

The motorcycle was again seen on State Highway 5 at high speeds and overtook another logging truck and a Toyota Hilux.

"[It] was observed heading towards Waiotapu when a police patrol came across the motorcycle on its side where it had crashed. No other vehicle was involved."

The rider had broken a leg and was taken by ambulance to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

Mr McLeod said the teen was driving on a suspended licence.

Charges were likely to be laid which included failing to stop, dangerous driving and driving while suspended.

"This is an example to not run from police, it often ends in sadness," Mr McLeod said.

"The driver was extremely lucky he didn't suffer worse injuries with the speeds he was seen to be doing."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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