A young motorcyclist who fled
from police conducting an early morning drink-drive stop was
found by officers minutes later pinned between between his
bike and a fence.
The 20-year-old man had come across a police drink driving
checkpoint on Welcome Bay Rd, Tauranga about 1.50am yesterday
but swerved around a police officer attempting to flag him
down, Western Bay of Plenty Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said.
The man then sped off down State Highway 29 toward Poike Rd.
Police followed the direction the motorcyclist took but lost
sight of him.
The officers planned to turn around at Poike Rd roundabout
and return to the Welcome Bay checkpoint stop. But at the
roundabout they found a skid mark leading to the trapped
"They found the motorcyclist pinned between the motorcycle
and a fence at the corner of the roundabout of Poike Rd and
Police called ambulance staff and the man was taken to
Tauranga Hospital with injuries to his back, pelvis, arms and
legs but he was not believed to be seriously hurt.
Mr Campion said police were waiting on blood results to
establish if the man had alcohol in his system.
It was not clear at this stage if the pursuing police had
activated their lights and sirens, he said.
- Bay of Plenty