DRIVER WANTED: Bundaberg police are searching for a motorcycle rider who was spotted driving with a rifle strapped to his handlebars.
DRIVER WANTED: Bundaberg police are searching for a motorcycle rider who was spotted driving with a rifle strapped to his handlebars. Kevin Farmer

Motorcycle rider found after alarmed drivers call police

UPDATE 5PM: Police have found a motorcycle rider who other drivers believed was driving along the Bruce Hwy with what appeared to be firearm strapped to the handlebars of his bike.

It's unconfirmed whether he had a firearm but police have found the man and believe there is no risk to members of the public.

The man has been taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.

No charges have been laid.

EARLIER: Alarmed drivers have contacted police after a motorcycle rider was spotted with what they believed was rifle strapped to his handlebars, driving along the Bruce Hwy between Gin Gin and Childers.

Bundaberg Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said about 11am other drivers called police after seeing the rider travelling south, in the Goodnight Scrub area.

"Police are conducting inquires into an incident on the highway where a motorcycle rider appeared to be armed with a firearm,” he said.

"No shots were fired and the weapon wasn't produced or pointed at anyone, he simply had it strapped to the front handlebars and it was causing alarm to a number of members of the public.

"Police did attempt to intercept him.

"He wasn't speeding, or making any advert actions to get away, he just refused to stop.”

Police have been provided with more information about the rider and are making inquiries in an attempt to find the man.



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