Manhunt as biker bolts
POLICE swarmed over a North Rockhampton suburb yesterday in pursuit of two men who fled an attempted highspeed motorbike interception on the Bruce Highway.
Police charged one man with drug possession and the other was still at large late yesterday afternoon after he dumped the bike in a vacant lot and escaped over a fence about 11am.
Officers had clocked the bike at 123kmh near Ramsay Creek before it sped away at about 10.40am.
A stunned resident called police about 10 minutes later after the man rode the motorbike across his Norman Gardens yard.
"I heard the tyres screech ? then I looked out the front door and saw a man on a motorbike cutting through the front yard,'' he said.
"I then went to have a look out the back.
"He had laid down behind the bike in the corner of the vacant allotment next door, and then proceeded to jump the fence over the back.''
The witness said the man stumbled and fell as he went over the fence.
"I didn't know whether it was drugs or drink ? or whether he just lost his footing,'' he said.
"I tried to look up the police number but couldn't find it, so I rang triple O.
"Then after I rang, there were police everywhere.''
Detective Senior Constable Kelly Hanlen said police used tracker dogs in an attempt to apprehend the man, however this was unsuccessful.
Previously, an anonymous call had been put through to police advising that the pillion passenger on the bike had been dropped off at IGA Glenmore.
Detective Senior Constable Hanlen said the passenger was found near the supermarket with 12 grams of cannabis allegedly on his person.
"The amount was consistent with personal use,'' she said.
"Drug-related charges have ensued.''
The man still at large is believed to be about 185cm tall, caucasian and of medium build with sandy coloured hair, worn in a pony tail with an undercut. Detective Senior Constable Hanlen said his age was estimated to be around 22 years old.
"Investigations are continuing into the incident,'' she said.
"If any member of the public has any information regarding the matter, please contact Rockhampton police.