Out of gas and under arrest


Dangerous attempts by a biker to avoid being arrested came to an abrupt end when he ran out of fuel in the tank yesterday afternoon.

Greensborough Highway Patrol officers spotted three unregistered off-road motorcycles at the intersection of Cooper Street and Edgars Road in Epping at around 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday 1 September.

The bikers waved to the police and turned their engines on before fleeing.

The Air Wing managed to locate one of the riders soon after and followed the off-road bike as it was allegedly driven dangerously on the wrong side of the road and through red lights.

The off-road motorcycle has been seen in Fawkner Cemetery as well as on railroad tracks and cycle paths where pedestrians have been forced to jump out of its way.

The bike was tracked through Thomastown, Epping, Somerton, Roxburgh Park, Coolaroo, Dallas, Broadmeadows, Coburg and Reservoir.

The off-road bike finally ran out of fuel on Spring Street, Reservoir, around 6:30 p.m.

The biker ditched the bike and fled on foot, but was arrested shortly after while hiding in a nearby garden bed.

A 21-year-old Thomastown man should be charged on summons with a host of offenses including driving without a license, reckless driving endangering serious injury, reckless exposure of an emergency worker to the risk of dangerous driving, failure to stop by order of the police and other traffic offenses.

The man will also receive an offense notice for violating the instructions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The motorcycle has been seized and the police will seek to have it destroyed.

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