Tweed police chase runaway biker

POLICE were forced to break off the pursuit of a speeding motorcycle last Saturday night when the bike exceeded speeds of more than 45kph over the speed limit.

Officers spotted the bike about 11.20pm travelling at high speed on the Pacific Hwy near Cudgera and decided to pull the rider over.

Once the officers made their presence known and demanded the rider pull over, the motorcyclist allegedly slowed and pretended to pull into the breakdown lane.

When the officers pulled up behind the bike, the rider allegedly sped off, forcing the officers to activate their warning devices and pursue the motorcycle.

The rider is then alleged to have crossed the median strip and continued south before exiting the highway at the Tweed Valley Wy turn off.

The officers continued their pursuit for a short distance before terminating the chase.

A short time later, another officer noticed the motorcycle in Chinderah where the rider is alleged to have attempted to cross another median strip to escape police.

However, the rider failed in this effort due to the presence of Bryffen Wire at the median strip.

Officers then arrested the 25 year-old man and took him to Tweed Heads Police Station where the biker was charged with several alleged offences.

The man was charged under Skye's Law, which penalises drivers who fail to stop and continue to drive at dangerous speeds while pursued by police.

The rider was also charged with a low range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) of 0.52, driving in a dangerous manner, exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kph and not complying with licence conditions.

At the time of his arrest police found a number of vials, believed to contain steroids, in the man's possession and are continuing their investigations into these items.

The man was granted bail and is due to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on September 17.



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