Motorcyclist charged under new police chase laws

A 22-year-old motorcyclist, who allegedly sped away from police before being arrested, could be the first Geraldton driver penalised under WA’s new police chase laws.

Police activated lights and sirens in pursuit of a motorcycle and a Holden Commodore which were travelling at speed along Barrett Drive on December 22.

Police were forced to abort the pursuit, but later arrested the motorcyclist, of Tarcoola, who was located in bush by a police dog.

The man will appear in the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on January 3 over four driving charges.

He was charged with reckless driving - inherently dangerous - under new laws passed last month.

Failing to stop for police could result in a mandatory fine of $5000, a mandatory two-year licence disqualification and up to two years jail.

Drivers who cause serious injury or death by dangerous driving face a mandatory 12-month jail term.

More details in Friday’s Guardian.

Comment

Jason Smith

Founder of Everything Geraldton, Everything Mandurah, & Everything Perth. Law Student. Father, Husband, Bitcoin, Cigars.