Tele: Maitland – Police officer allegedly struck by trail bike in Hunter pursuit cleared of life-threatening injuries


(15 March) Police are appealing for witnesses after a cop was badly injured in a police pursuit near Maitland on Wednesday night.

The police officer allegedly struck by a trail bike rider during a pursuit near Maitland on Wednesday night has been cleared of life-threatening injuries.

There had been fears the 36-year-old senior constable had suffered serious head, spinal and pelvic injuries after he was allegedly struck by the bike rider on the New England Highway about 7pm.

He was flown to John Hunter Hospital for treatment, where doctors have confirmed he escaped without major fractures.

He is now being treated for a wrist fracture, arm laceration and possible broken nose.

The bike rider, 19, was taken to the same hospital, and has suffered a compound fracture to his leg and other injuries to his head and pelvis and is under police guard in hospital.

Crash investigators are waiting to speak with him.

Police allege the trail bike rider had taken police on a pursuit through Maitland after officers attempted to flag down the allegedly unregistered motorcycle.

The injured officer had gotten out of his police car near the Maitland Hospital roundabout and was attempting to arrest the rider before he was allegedly mowed down.

“The actual circumstances of how he came to be struck by the motorcycle are currently subject to investigation,” Port Stephens-Hunter Police District crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Ranald Urquhart said.

The rider of the motorbike was ejected in the incident and the motorcycle continued, hitting a Mitsubishi Pajero travelling north on the New England Highway.

“If the police require you to pull over, you should pull over,” Det. Acting Insp. Urquhart said.

“Any situation like this is dangerous.

“It’s dangerous to the police involved, it’s dangerous for the other road users as well.

“We would certainly be appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the incident (to come forward).”

The Crash Investigation Unit is conducting inquiries into the circumstances around the incident.

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