A senior Northland police officer is fighting for his life in
hospital after an accident on a BMX bike.
The accident, which happened at the BMX track on Pohe Island
about 6pm on Sunday, left the officer in a critical condition
in the intensive care unit at Whangarei Hospital.
Northland police confirmed the accident involving the BMX
bike and one of its employees but was not able to disclose
the name of the officer or details of the accident.
It is understood he is a long-serving senior officer.
Northland St John ambulance boss Tony Devanney said
paramedics were called to Pohe Island to attend to a man in
"He suffered very serious head and neck injuries and had to
be resuscitated and transported to hospital.
"He had a cardiac arrest from his injuries," Mr Devanney
Details around what had happened at the BMX track were
sketchy, he said, but it appeared the man hit his head
against an object while riding.
The Whangarei BMX Club was aware of the accident but members
did not know how it had happened.
Club president John Romer said it had taken place just hours
after club members, who had a fun day on Sunday afternoon,
left the tracks.
The seriously injured officer was not a club member, he said.
"We run a tight ship in terms of safety when we're out there.
"Things like first aid, posting officials around the corners,
because of a lot of young kids right through to adults take
part," Mr Romer said.
"It's horrific to see anyone hurt himself ... It's [BMXing]
quite a dangerous sport and unfortunately when we're not
there it's an open track, just like the skate park in terms
The Whangarei District Council, which owns the tracks, was
told about the accident yesterday and spokeswoman Ann Midson
said all inquiries were being dealt with by police.
Northland District Health Board spokeswoman Paula Martin said
the injured police officer was admitted in the intensive care
unit in a serious condition.
Northland police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said the officer's
family was asking for privacy.
- By Imran Ali of the Northland Advocate