POLICE OFFICER FIGHTING FOR LIFE AFTER MAJOR CRASH – MAITLAND

A police officer has been injured when he was struck by a trail bike during a pursuit in the Hunter this evening.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District had initiated a pursuit of the trail bike rider shortly before 7pm (Wednesday 14 April 2021), on the New England Highway at Maitland.

The officer was on foot when he was struck by the trail bike and has suffered serious leg fractures, as well as suspected arm, head, pelvic and spinal injuries.

The male constable has been airlifted to John Hunter Hospital where his condition is reported to be serious but stable.

The trail bike rider – a man believed to be aged in his 20s – has been arrested and taken to John Hunter Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He remains there under police guard.

Officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) are now inquiring into circumstances surrounding this incident.