THE Police Helicopter has helped chase down a man who, allegedly while high on the drug ICE, led police on a dramatic chase through Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina on an unregistered trail bike yesterday.
Highway Patrol officers patrolling Red Hill Road on Saturday afternoon attempted to stop a Kawasaki trail bike that was spotted travelling along a footpath about 4.50pm, but its male rider conducted a u-turn and sped off.
PolAir was overhead following the Kawasaki and guided ground units to Dalman Parkway in Glenfield Park where the 22-year-old male rider was arrested without incident.
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A subsequent check of the rider’s licence revealed it was disqualified until 2026, and the Kawasaki was unregistered and uninsured.
He was subjected to a breath test and returned a negative reading, and then subjected to a random drug test and allegedly returned a positive reading.
Following further testing, he allegedly returned a positive reading for methamphetamines and cannabis. Samples of the positive readings have been sent for further examinations, and inquiries are continuing.
During a subsequent search of the man, officers allegedly located and seized a substance, believed to be crystal methylamphetamine (‘ICE’).
The man was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with two counts of not-stop police pursuit (Skye’s Law), drive while disqualified, drive unregistered vehicle, drive uninsured vehicle and possess prohibited drug.
He has been refused bail and is due to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court later today.