Motorcyclist in crash had been drinking

A motorcyclist who was seriously injured after crashing through a barbed wire fence told people at the scene he had been drinking before the crash, police say.

Emergency services were called to the scene, near the intersection of Bowler and Tautiti Roads, near Morrinsville, about 11.45pm on Wednesday, District Road Policing manager Inspector Freda Grace said.

"The crash is still under investigation by the Serious Crash Unit but initial indications are that the 48-year-old male rider failed to negotiate a bend and crashed through a barbed wire fence.

"We are currently working to establish, what if any part, alcohol played in the incident as the injured rider told people at the scene he had been drinking before the crash. He was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance and is currently in the High Dependency Unit in a serious but stable condition."

While it was yet to be confirmed, it would be disappointing if alcohol had been a contributing factor in the crash because that would have made the incident all the more avoidable, Ms Grace said.

"Road safety is no accident. It is achieved by people making the decision that they won't drink or drive- or in this case ride, that they won't speed and that they will behave responsibly on our roads."


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