POLICE will investigate the circumstances of a speeding motorcyclist who crashed on Launceston’s outskirts after being tracked from near Latrobe.
The 21-year-old Mowbray man was yesterday in a serious but stable condition after crashing on the Bass Highway at Travellers Rest just before midnight on Friday.
He was initially taken to the Launceston General Hospital and then transferred on Saturday to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a critical condition. His condition yesterday afternoon was serious but stable.
Police have denied that the crash came after a pursuit.
Inspector Mark Wright said yesterday that the motorcyclist was seen by a Western police district traffic unit on the Bass Highway at Parramatta Creek, 17 kilometres south of Latrobe, shortly after 11pm on Friday. He was travelling above the 110km/h speed limit, Inspector Wright said.
Police attempted an interception by putting on their car’s flashing lights but the motorcyclist kept going.
Inspector Wright said police did not pursue the rider even though he had ignored their attempted interception.
About 10 minutes later the same police saw the motorcyclist on the side of the road near Elizabeth Town and the rider drove off towards Launceston.
Shortly after 11.30pm another police unit saw the motorcyclist driving above the speed limit on the highway at Westbury and followed him.
Inspector Wright said the police followed at a “considerable distance” and did not attempt to intercept.
The motorcyclist crashed shortly afterwards and police did not see the crash as they were too far behind, but they arrived at the crash site a few minutes later.
Inspector Wright said Tasmania Police professional standards officers were notified, went to the crash scene and were investigating.
He said this was standard procedure.
Inspector Wright appealed for any witnesses who saw the motorcyclist between Elizabeth Town and Travellers Rest to phone police on 131444.
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