Speeding rider asking for tragedy, say police

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:22 26/11/2013

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A man who was clocked riding a motorcycle at 160kmh without a helmet before crashing near Havelock was asking for a tragic outcome, police say.

The 24-year-old man and his woman passenger remain in Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, after they crashed at Okaramio about 6.30pm on Saturday.

A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday afternoon they were both in a stable condition.

A police spokeswoman said the man did not have a motorcycle licence and was a suspended driver. He was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and was riding an unregistered and unwarranted bike. The 24-year-old woman riding pillion was wearing jandals and a dress. She was also wearing a helmet.

Marlborough highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said it was "quite rare" to come across such an occurrence on the roads.

Any one of the offences he had committed were bad enough, he said.

"But combined, not wearing the proper gear, speeding, not stopping when asked, it was asking for a tragic outcome," Greenall said.

"It was bad enough as it was but it could have been a lot worse."

A police spokeswoman said a police officer saw the man riding across the Wairau Bridge. He was not speeding, but he was not wearing a helmet.

The officer turned around and the bike took off.

The motorcycle passed another patrol car and was clocked doing 160kmh.

Both patrol cars followed the motorcycle within the speed limit as it was too dangerous to chase the speeding bike, the spokeswoman said.

They came across the crashed bike near the Okaramio Tavern.

It appeared the rider had attempted to turn off the highway up a private driveway but had braked quickly and lost control of the bike.

Both the man and woman on the bike were taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim with significant grazes.

Police were waiting on results of a blood alcohol test.

A range of charges were pending, the spokeswoman said.

Tasman District road policing manager Inspector Jenni Richardson said the man's actions were extremely irresponsible and showed complete disregard for both his and his passenger's safety. 

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