Police in high-speed bike chase

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012

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Police are calling for a female motorcyclist to hand herself in following a high-speed pursuit in coastal Taranaki yesterday afternoon.

Pursuing police pulled out of the chase on the narrow rural roads for safety reasons when the biker was believed to have reached speeds of more than 170kmh on a Ducati.

Sergeant Stephen Richardson, of the highway patrol, said the bike was first seen by police travelling at speed near Tataraimaka on State Highway 45.

When police caught up with the bike near Oxford and Wiremu roads, a pursuit began.

"The rider wasn't interested in stopping and police abandoned the chase because of safety concerns and such horrendous speeds causing a huge risk to others," Mr Richardson said.

The selfish actions put at risk school buses and farmers in the area who had the right to travel safely on the roads, he said.

He called for the female riding an older-model dark-blue Ducati, last seen by police in the Puniho Rd area, to contact police.

Anyone else who had any information about the rider was asked to contact New Plymouth police, Mr Richardson said.

Taranaki highway police would be on alert at the weekend after being informed that boy racers were converging on the region to attend a skids event at Ferndene Raceway, Mr Richardson said.

Many boy racers were expected to travel in convoy from Wellington and Palmerston North.

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