Motorbike speeder arrested after tank runs dry following Hamilton pursuit

A Hamilton highway patrol unit officer clocked the rider of a black 250cc Honda motorcycle at 119km/h in a 100km/h zone about 8.30pm near Tarrington.

A Hamilton highway patrol unit officer clocked the rider of a black 250cc Honda motorcycle at 119km/h in a 100km/h zone about 8.30pm near Tarrington.

AN almost hour-long high-speed pursuit of a motorcycle across the Hamilton region on Saturday night ended when the bike ran out of fuel.

Sergeant Rod Charman, of Hamilton police, said a Hamilton highway patrol unit officer clocked the rider of a black 250cc Honda motorcycle at 119km/h in a 100km/h zone about 8.30pm near Tarrington.

The rider was heading east, away from Hamilton.

The highway patrol officer attempted to intercept the rider who accelerated away.

A pursuit was initiated, lasting 55 minutes.

The chase covered 90 kilometres and reached  speeds of more than 150km/h. However, police said the average was between 120km/h and 135km/h.

Some of the speeding is alleged to have been committed in 50km/h and 60km/h zones.

The chase went through Penshurst, to Caramut, along the Hamilton-Chatsworth Road and ended in Hamilton, on Rippon Road, near the intersection with Ballarat Road when the motorcycle ran out of fuel.

Sergeant Charman said traffic was very light and it was fortunate the motorcyclist ran out of petrol.

A 29-year-old Hamilton man was arrested, interviewed and charged with a range of pursuit and traffic-related offences.

He was bailed to appear in the Hamilton Magistrates Court on September 3. The motorcycle has been impounded for one month.

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