Police accept IPCA findings on 2010 fleeing rider crash
Police accept IPCA findings on 2010 fleeing rider
Police accept the findings of an Independent Police
Conduct Authority report into a fleeing driver incident in
March 2010 and are already working to implement the
The report relates to an incident where
the rider of a motorcycle, Dion Batt, was severely injured
when he crashed in the Auckland suburb of Massey after
evading police at high speed for 25 minutes.
found police were justified in attempting to stop Mr Batt,
who had been seen riding his motorcycle at 100kmph in a
50kmph zone and was later found to have methamphetamine in
The Authority made seven recommendations
relating to aspects of police policy and
Assistant Commissioner Upper North Allan
Boreham says police accept there were shortcomings and are
addressing these issues.
"We're amending the Fleeing
Driver Policy that existed at that time and we're finalising
the other required changes.
"Since this incident the
Auckland region has upgraded to digital radio, which gives
more channel coverage than was available in 2010, and the
radios themselves are easier for staff to operate. We've
also put hands-free kit in cars."
Mr Boreham says fleeing
driver incidents are always extremely testing for
"They are fast-moving, unpredictable and high
pressure situations that require quick judgements and the
public expect us to get it right. We take that
responsibility very seriously and are always looking for
ways to manage these challenging situations better."
Boreham says the small number of people who may consider
fleeing from a police officer also need to play their
"As the IPCA notes, Mr Batt demonstrated by his
actions that he was prepared to risk his life and the lives
of others to avoid police.
"I'm asking anyone who would
consider fleeing to make the right choice and comply if a
police officer requests them to stop."
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