Where was the headline “Cops catch fleeing drug dealer by knocking him off his motorcycle”?

Fairfax has caught the cop bashing disease from the NZ Herald.

Their headline reads “Police admit knocking motorcyclist off bike”.

You’d think this was some random innocent motorcyclist that the Police had run down…but read the article and you find out this was some drug dealing scumbag who fled from the police on a motorcycle.

Police have admitted knocking a motorcyclist off his bike following a high speed chase in Hawera.

A 43-year-old New Plymouth man will appear in court tomorrow on a number of driving and drug charges in relation to the chase on Friday night.

An eyewitness said he saw a police car knock the man off the bike at low speed as it reached the corner of Collins St and South Rd about 11.30pm.

Hawera Senior Sergeant Kyle Davie alleged the motorcyclist tried to evade police twice.  

“A motorbike was seen by a police unit in Eltham on State Highway 3 speeding and when police indicated for the vehicle to stop, the driver failed,” he said.

“Sometime after in Normanby, again a police unit attempted to stop the driver, who again failed to stop.

“While in pursuit by a police unit, the motorbike driver made a late decision to turn into a side street.”

Davie said the motorcycle came to a complete stop after coming around the corner of Collins St, and a police car knocked the motorcyclist off his bike at low speed.

The driver was arrested and found to have drugs in his possession.

He will appear in the Hawera District Court at 10am tomorrow.

Good on the cops…giving the bike a tap as it slowed and delivering the criminal into custody.

Well done boys…this is what you are supposed to be doing.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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