Police chopper covering royal visit tracks fleeing motorcyclist

The police Eagle helicopter. Photo: NZ Herald
The police Eagle helicopter. Photo: NZ Herald
A police helicopter hovering over Christchurch for the royal tour helped stop a fleeing motorcyclist on Thursday.

A man was seen riding a motorcycle dangerously on Barrington St, Spreydon, about 4.15pm. 

A pursuit was initiated after the man failed to stop for police but it was abandoned shortly after. 

The helicopter, named the Eagle, was then used to locate the 37-year-old.

He was later arrested and charged with reckless driving and aggravated failing to stop in relation to the pursuit.

The man is due to appear in the district court on November 26. 

The helicopter was also used during an alleged theft in Avondale on Thursday, helping to locate five youths.