Policeman hurt as motorcyclist fails to stop
A routine traffic stop near Tokoroa on Saturday ended with a policeman in hospital with a broken jaw and his alleged assailant with a broken leg.
At 7.16pm a highway patrol officer was hit by a motorcyclist he had pulled over on Tar Hill south of Tokoroa.
The motorcyclist raced off but was spotted by another patrol car.
The ensuing police pursuit ended when the motorcyclist drove into a tavern car park and crashed into two police cars, breaking his leg.
Both the police officer and the motorcyclist were still in hospital on Monday. The motorcyclist had a police guard and will be facing assault and driving charges when he is well enough to be released from hospital.
Police Minister Judith Collins said it was unacceptable that being assaulted should be con- sidered part of a police officer’s job.
‘‘Over the last decade an attitude has evolved that it is okay to take on the police and police can’t do much if you do.
‘‘Well they’re wrong. It’s not okay and things can be done about it,’’ she said.
KARMA: After allegedly assaulting a police officer a motorcyclist broke his leg after crashing while fleeing the scene.