UPDATE: Officer hit by trail bike during pursuit - Maitland
Thursday, 15 April 2021 09:50:50 AM
A police officer remains in hospital after being struck by a trail bike during a pursuit in the Hunter region last night.
Just before 7pm (Wednesday 14 April 2021), officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District initiated a pursuit with the trail bike on the New England Highway at Maitland.
A short time later, a senior constable who had exited a police vehicle was on foot near High Street, when the trail bike struck him.
The rider was ejected, however, the motorcycle continued and hit a Mitsubishi Pajero travelling north on the New England Highway.
The injured officer, a 36-year-old male senior constable, was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Hunter Hospital where he remains for treatment of a wrist fracture, arm laceration and possible broken nose.
The trail bike rider, a 19-year-old man, was taken to the same hospital where he is being treated for head, leg and pelvis injuries.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing.
Initial inquiries have revealed the bike is unregistered.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.