Motorcyclists charged after pursuits – THWP

Two motorcyclists have been charged following two separate pursuits with police in Sydney’s south west.

Officers from Bankstown Traffic and Highway Patrol – with the assistance of South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES), the Dog Unit, and PolAir – conducted Operation Bluey on Friday (24 April 2020) and Saturday (25 April 2020), targeting high performance motorcycles engaged in dangerous riding practices and pursuits with police.

About 8.20pm on Friday (24 April 2020), officers were stopped on Rawson Road, Greenacre, when they saw a BMW s1000 RR travelling on Rawson Road before crossing to the incorrect side of the road and turning right into Waterloo Road, disobeying a red traffic light.

A pursuit was not initiated and despite patrols, the motorcycle could not be located.

A short time later, the motorcycle was seen travelling on Juno Parade before allegedly speeding away at no less than 100km/h before crossing to the incorrect side of the road and turning left into Nobel Avenue.

Further police allegedly sighted the motorcycle turn left into Mimosa Road and allegedly speed away at no less than 120km/h in a signposted 50km/h zone.

With the assistance of PolAir, the motorcycle was monitored as it travelled to a home on Wangee Road, where it was ridden through the front door and parked in the lounge room.

Shortly after, officers entered the home and the rider, a 24-year-old man, was arrested.

He was charged with motor vehicle exceed speed more than 45 km/h – estimated, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, and vehicle number plate not correctly fixed.

The man is due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

About 11pm yesterday (Saturday 25 April 2020), officers were patrolling King Georges Road, Wiley Park, when they saw a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle, carrying a pillion passenger, with the rear number plate obscured.

With the assistance of PolAir, the motorcycle was monitored. Officers attempted to stop it nearby on Canterbury Road; however, it failed to stop and allegedly sped away at no less than 160km/h in a signposted 60km/h zone.

A pursuit was initiated before being terminated shortly after due to safety concerns.

The motorcycle was again seen travelling on King Georges Road, riding only on its back wheel before allegedly speeding away at no less than 200km/h.

PolAir continued to monitor the motorcycle as it travelled to Greenacre, where the pillion passenger got off.

Shortly after, officers attended a nearby home and located the rider, who was the holder of a P1 licence and disqualified from driving until 2032.

The 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive during disqualification period, and vehicle number plate obscured.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Sunday 26 April 2020).

Additionally, officers conducted 55 random mobile breath tests and issued 12 infringement notices, including drivers detected travelling at more than 45km/h and more than 30km/h during the two-day operation.

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