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A MOTORBIKE rider who tried to do a runner from police ended up getting his friend’s bike impounded, Tuesday 18 December. 

The incident occurred when Somerville Highway Patrol officers in Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, spotted a motorbike with a false plate “RUNA” attached. 

The rider allegedly failed to stop and was clocked at more than 80kph in a 50kph zone before being pulled over in nearby Quarrion Drive. 

The rider, 18, of Skye, was found to have never held a licence and the bike was unregistered. He told police it was a friend’s bike, and that he hadn’t initially pulled over because he was “petrified he would be arrested and locked up”. 

The man will be summonsed to appear at court for speeding, riding an unregistered bike, displaying a false plate and failing to stop for police when directed. The bike was impounded for 30 days with a $1005 release fee. 

The penalty for failing to stop for police when directed to do so is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, and disqualification from having any licence for a minimum of six months. 

First published in the Frankston Times – 8 January 2019

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