Police Warn About Speeding, Drunk Driving

May 25, 2020

A male motorcycle rider was arrested following a pursuit yesterday [May 24], while another male motorcycle rider was taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision in Paget.

A police spokesperson said, “Shortly after 3.30pm on Sunday, May 24, officers from the Roads Policing Unit were conducting speed checks along South Road, Southampton, when a male motorcycle rider failed to stop when instructed by officers to do so.

“A short chase ensued during which the motorcycle rider struck an unoccupied parked vehicle. In his continued bid to escape, he then struck a police bike before coming into contact with an officer.

“The officer was knocked to the ground and suffered abrasions to his lower extremities and bruising to his ribs. The officer was taken to King Edward VII hospital for treatment to his injuries which were non-life threatening.

“Officers deployed captor in their efforts to subdue the suspect before placing him under arrest.

“Then, at around 8:25 on Sunday, May 24, officers responded to a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car at the junction of South Road and Harvey Road, Paget.

“The male motorcycle rider went through the windscreen of the car. He sustained a serious leg injury as well as suspected head injuries. He was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

“The female car driver was treated for cuts to her wrist. Neither individual’s injuries were considered to be life threatening.

“The roads were shut down by RPU and patrol officers as officers from the Forensics Unit and Traffic Investigators processed the scene. The roads were reopened at 11.15pm.

“Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes also reminds the public avoid speeding or drunk driving so that road traffic accidents can be prevented.

“Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes said that over the weekend officers from the Roads Policing Unit were on duty enforcing road traffic laws, and in particular speed offences and offences involving driving whilst impaired.

“Whilst not able to speak to specific incidents, Mr. Weekes noted that an officer was injured when he was struck by a motorcycle ridden by a subject who was later arrested for driving whilst impaired. The officer was treated at the hospital for his injuries.

“Mr. Weekes warned that the BPS takes the welfare of their officers extremely seriously and all incidents of this type will result in a file being submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions with a recommendation for prosecution.”

Mr. Weekes said, “Please be reminded of the advice given that speeding and driving whilst impaired will be targeted during the current situation and so if you are going to take advantage of the ability to go out for a drink, we urge you to please do so responsibly for your own safety and that of other road users.

“It is imperative that we allow the staff at King Edward Memorial Hospital to deal with other urgent cases and patients with Covid symptoms and not overburden them with road traffic accidents caused by speeding or drink driving.”

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  1. Toodle-oo says:

    “Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes also reminds the public avoid speeding or drunk driving so that road traffic accidents can be prevented.”

    Pity he wasn’t riding with me mid-morning today when a car flew past me with his ace girl on a bike in hot pursuit in an area dangerous to overtake in . As if that wasn’t bad enough driver of car exhaling regular large puffs of herb .
    (And here I was all this time being led to believe that people who smoke herb drive slowly and safely)

  2. Charlly X says:

    Well ! If you ride like Lightening you just might crash like Thunder ! Then you might be going straight to A,B,or C ?