Public tip-off precedes crash
THE rider of a motorbike that crashed on East Deep Creek Rd last weekend had allegedly evaded police on the Bruce Hwy, police said.
Gympie police received information on Saturday from a member of the public claiming a motorcyclist was riding while under the influence of drugs.
The description of the motorbike was dispatched to officers in patrol cars and Senior Constable Steve Carter happened to be stopped near Albert Park at the time.
He immediately heard a motorbike and watched the suspect Kawasaki go past and stop at the lights at the Monkland St intersection.
He flicked on the lights and sirens and drove up besides the motorbike, signalling for the rider to pull over onto the shoulder of the road.
Snr Const Carter alleged the motorbike rider did as was asked but as soon as the police car pulled over behind, the motorbike took off at high speed.
Snr Const Carter said he gave up the chase and deactivated the lights and siren in line with police protocol.
Later, he was called to a traffic crash on East Deep Creek Rd and discovered the same motorbike was involved.
The rider had allegedly fled the scene, leaving his motorbike behind.
Police contacted the registered owner and said a subsequent breath test returned positive with a blood alcohol content reading of 0.119%.
The 32-year-old was charged with evading police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and drink-driving.