‘Death wish’ motorbiker

Police hunting for motorcyclist who fled on Hume Freeway at 273km/h

POLICE are hunting a motorcyclist with a "death wish" who fled north on the Hume Freeway at speeds up to 273 kilometres per hour.

POLICE are hunting a motorcyclist with a “death wish” who fled north on the Hume Freeway at speeds up to 273 kilometres per hour on Sunday.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said a Benalla uniform officer first detected the motorcyclist with a radar at about 10am, but had to abandon the pursuit due to the high risks.

“We pulled up behind that motorcycle and it was travelling at approximately 140 km/h,” he said.

“That person then sped off at ridiculous speed; he or she got up to 273 km/h.

“That is just a death wish.”

Wangaratta police were warned of the motorcyclist heading towards the city at high speed, but the offender is still at large.

Asst Comm Hill said in-car video in the police car, which is automatically activated when the sirens go on, will be used as one of the intelligence sources to identify the licence plate and motorcyclist.

Police could only read part of the number plate, which started with “1A”.

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