News

Can you identify this 'lunatic'?

CATCH HIM: Bundaberg Police are trying to identify this motorcyclist who has been clocked driving at speeds of up to 160km/h in a 60km/h zone. Photo: contributed
CATCH HIM: Bundaberg Police are trying to identify this motorcyclist who has been clocked driving at speeds of up to 160km/h in a 60km/h zone. Photo: contributed contributed

HAVE you seen this lunatic on the roads?

Believed to be a Moore Park Beach local, this motorcyclist has been clocked doing speeds of up to 160km/h in a 60km/h zone.

And, according to police, he isn't the only motorist driving at dangerous speeds and dangerously evading officers.

Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said while motorcycles only made up 5% of vehicles on the region's roads, they were responsible for more than 50% of evade police offences.

"The photo above is of a rider and bike who has been involved in several incidents where he has failed to stop for police after being recorded on several occasions by police radar at speeds of up to 160km/h in a 60km/h zone," Sgt Arnold said.

"It's only a matter of time before this lunatic kills himself or some other poor innocent person he hits at an intersection."

Sgt Arnold said police were seeking the assistance of the public to identify the rider, who is suspected of living at Moore Park Beach and working on the south side of Bundaberg after being spotted on a number of occasions on both Moore Park Beach and Clayton Rds.

"While we are confident we will track down this rider in the near future any help from the public to get this lunatic off the road would be appreciated," he said.

Sgt Arnold said some motorcyclists thought because they have more power and pick-up in their engines, they believed they could get away from vehicles more effectively.

He said police were only able to give chase based on an assessment of the conditions and environment.

"In town, where there are civilians and pedestrians at risk, most intercepts are called off unless the offence is very serious," he said.

Sgt Arnold said a lot of the evade offences were happening on main arterial roads where there were pedestrians and school children.

"Police would also like to warn motorists that attempting to evade police interception is a serious offence and has penalties including a $5000 fine and license disqualification for indefinite periods and, under certain conditions, a term of imprisonment," he said.

"While there are a lot of responsible motorcycle riders out there unfortunately they are over-represented in both offences and traffic crashes compared with their small numbers."

The warning to motorcyclists also comes after four riders have died on the region's roads this year alone.

Anyone with information on the identity of the pictured rider is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police on 4153 9111.

Topics:  evade police, motorbikes, speeding




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Footy lovers love pizza too

Bundaberg Eagle Boys store gets ready for Origin. Photo Contributed

Origin will be one the biggest nights in the pizza industry

Hopes roadside vigil will spark memories

No Caption

A ROADSIDE vigil will be held at the site where a man lost his life

19 places you can watch the State of Origin around Bundy

Cameron Smith of the Maroons passes the ball  during State of Origin Game III between the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Find out what hotels, clubs, and other venues are doing for Origin

Latest deals and offers

Fisho claims he found Spirit of 1770 first

Bundaberg fisherman Glen Watson was the first person to discover the Spirit of 1770 when he hooked up on while trawling on Friday May 20. Mr Watson shows off what was brought up on his nets after the near disaster. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail

Bundaberg fisherman Glen Watson says he was the first person to discover the wreck...

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked