Motorcyclist crashes in police pursuit

An unlicensed motorcyclist has been injured after crashing during a police pursuit in south Otago today.

The 24-year-old Christchurch electrician had been clocked by police speeding at 148kmh on State Highway 1, south of Milton, about 2.50pm.

Police began to pursue the man and after about a kilometre, the man failed to take a moderate bend and crashed into a ditch, Balclutha police said.

He suffered moderate chest injuries and was flown to Dunedin Hospital by rescue helicopter as a precautionary measure.

Before being clocked speeding, there had been complaints by other motorists relating to dangerous overtaking, police said.

The man was likely to face charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop.

It appeared his decision to fail to stop was because of his speeding and the fact he did not have a motorcycle licence, police said.



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