Out of fuel and under arrest

A motorbike rider’s dangerous attempts to avoid arrest came to an abrupt halt when he ran out of fuel in Reservoir yesterday afternoon.

Greensborough Highway Patrol officers spotted three unregistered dirt bikes at the intersection of Cooper Street and Edgars Road in Epping about 4.40pm on Wednesday 1 September.

The riders gestured at police and revved their engines before speeding away.

The Air Wing managed to locate one of the riders shortly afterwards and followed the dirt bike as it was allegedly ridden dangerously on the wrong side of the road and through red lights.

The dirt bike was seen to be ridden through Fawkner Cemetery as well as on train tracks and bicycle paths where pedestrians were forced to jump out of its path.

The motorbike was tracked through Thomastown, Epping, Somerton, Roxburgh Park, Coolaroo, Dallas, Broadmeadows, Coburg and Reservoir.

The dirt bike eventually ran out of fuel on Spring Street, Reservoir, about 6.30pm.

The rider dumped the bike and fled on foot but was arrested hiding in a nearby garden bed a short time later.

A 21-year-old Thomastown man is expected to be charged on summons with an array of offences including unlicensed driving, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, reckless exposure of emergency worker to risk by dangerous driving, fail to stop on police direction and other traffic offences.

The man will also be issued an infringement notice for breaching the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

The motorbike has been seized and police will seek to have it destroyed.

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