Here is the NSW Police media release about these two pursuits:
Officers from Bankstown Traffic and Highway Patrol – with the assistance of South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES), the Dog Unit, and PolAir – conducted Operation Bluey on Friday (24 April 2020) and Saturday (25 April 2020), targeting high performance motorcycles engaged in dangerous riding practices and pursuits with police.
Police are reminding motorists that road rules still apply and are being enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic following recent detections of dangerous driving, including serious speeding offences, across NSW.So far this year, there has been significantly less traffic on NSW roads which can largely be attributed to the flow-on effects of the extended bushfire season and now COVID-19.As a result, there have been fewer fatal crashes and drink-driving detections compared with the same period last year, but there has been a notable increase in the number of speeding infringements issued.A recent example occurred about 11pm last Saturday (25 April 2020). Officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were patrolling King Georges Road, Wiley Park, when they saw a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle, carrying a pillion passenger, with the rear number plate obscured.The motorcycle was monitored with the assistance of PolAir, and when officers attempted to stop the cycle on Canterbury Road, the rider failed to stop, allegedly speeding away at more than 160km/h.A pursuit was initiated before being terminated to allow PolAir to continue to monitor the cycle. While the motorcycle was on King Georges Road, it was seen travelling only on its back wheel before allegedly speeding away at more than 200km/h.PolAir continued to monitor the motorcycle as it travelled to Greenacre, where the pillion passenger got off, with the rider dumping the bike in the yard of a nearby home and attempting to hide.Shortly after, police attended and arrested the rider – a 23-year-old man – with subsequent checks revealing he held a P1 licence, but he is disqualified from driving until 2032.The man was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive during disqualification period, and vehicle number plate obscured.Police will allege in court that the cycle reached speeds of up to 247km/h in signposted 60km/h zones.He has been formally refused bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court next Wednesday (6 May 2020).Assistant Commissioner Corboy said that the main message is about personal responsibility.“Ultimately, how you behave on the road is up to you but remember, while there fewer vehicles currently on the road, there’s still the same amount of police, so traffic offences are somewhat easier to detect,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
About 11pm Saturday (25 April 2020), officers patrolling King Georges Road, Wiley Park, saw a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle, carrying a pillion passenger. The rear number plate was obscured.
With the assistance of PolAir, the motorcycle was monitored. Officers attempted to stop it nearby on Canterbury Road; however, it failed to stop and allegedly sped away at 160km/h in a signposted 60km/h zone.
A pursuit was initiated before being terminated shortly after due to safety concerns.
The motorcycle was again seen travelling on King Georges Road, riding only on its back wheel before allegedly speeding away at least 200km/h.
PolAir continued to monitor the motorcycle as it travelled to Greenacre, where the pillion passenger got off.
Shortly after, officers attended a nearby home and located the rider, who was the holder of a P1 licence and disqualified from driving until 2032.
The 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive during disqualification period, and vehicle number plate obscured.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Sunday 26 April 2020).
About 8.20pm on Friday (24 April 2020), officers were stopped on Rawson Road, Greenacre, when they saw a BMW s1000 RR travelling on Rawson Road before crossing to the incorrect side of the road and turning right into Waterloo Road, disobeying a red traffic light.
A pursuit was not initiated and despite patrols, the motorcycle could not be located.
A short time later, the motorcycle was seen travelling on Juno Parade before allegedly speeding away at no less than 100km/h before crossing to the incorrect side of the road and turning left into Nobel Avenue.
Further police allegedly sighted the motorcycle turn left into Mimosa Road and allegedly speed away at no less than 120km/h in a signposted 50km/h zone.
With the assistance of PolAir, the motorcycle was monitored as it travelled to a home on Wangee Road, where it was ridden through the front door and parked in the lounge room.
Shortly after, officers entered the home and the rider, a 24-year-old man, was arrested.
He was charged with motor vehicle exceed speed more than 45km/h – estimated, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, and vehicle number plate not correctly fixed.
The man is due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 29 July 2020.