Po­lice­man hurt as mo­tor­cy­clist fails to stop

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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.

Photo: A1 PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

KARMA: Af­ter al­legedly as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer a mo­tor­cy­clist broke his leg af­ter crash­ing while flee­ing the scene.

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