A Wellington policeman has been charged with rear-ending a fellow motorcycle officer during a training exercise, causing serious injuries.
Sergeant Mark Moody, of the district road policing group, allegedly crashed his bike into the back of a colleague in rural Wairarapa.
Both officers needed hospital treatment for their injuries, and time off work. Moody had yet to return to regular duties, and no internal action had yet been taken against him, police spokesman Nick Bohm said.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, he said, and the matter has been "fully investigated" by police.
The crash happened during convoy training, about 11.20am on January 22, in Longbush Rd, Carterton.
Moody has been charged with careless driving causing injury, and was remanded by a Wellington District Court registrar yesterday until his next appearance next month. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Once court proceedings were completed, police would then decide whether to investigate the crash as an employment concern, Mr Bohm said.
"In general terms, police treat crashes involving police officers the same as they would for members of the public," he said.
"If there's sufficient evidence and it's in the public interest of maintaining safe roads, then we'll put it before the courts."
The district road policing group includes units such as highway patrol, the serious crash unit, the traffic alcohol group and the operation of speed cameras.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor would not comment on the case specifics, but said that the association would "generally" help any police officer facing legal action.
"We are here to give all the welfare assistance that's required. That's a given.
"We don't comment on assistance we do give people . . . [but] if officers incur legal expenses as a result of what they're doing in their duty, then the association will help out, generally."
August 2013: A woman died and a police officer was injured when a patrol car speeding to a burglary hit a car turning in heavy traffic in South Auckland. The driver of the squad car was later cleared of blame.
April 2011: Three officers were injured in a car crash near Greytown when the officer driving lost control of the vehicle and hit a concrete power pole. The driver and passengers were members of the armed offenders squad on the way to training.
August 2010: A female officer suffered serious injuries after the police car in which she was a passenger crashed south of Auckland. The patrol car collided with a transporter truck.
December 2009: Two officers were injured when their patrol cars collided in Tauranga in the middle of the night.
March 2008: A patrol car and a truck collided at a Kerikeri intersection, leaving the officer with serious head injuries.
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