A MOTORCYCLIST failed to stop for police yesterday while speeding, driving unlicensed, unregistered and under the influence of drugs.
Acting Sergeant Kevyn Hume-Cook of Bendigo's Highway Patrol said the 32-year-old man was riding south along the Calder Highway near Ravenswood when police caught him speeding.
"He failed to stop when we tried to pull him over and it was deemed too dangerous to pursue him,'' Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook said.
"Sometime later a report came in that a motorcyclist had come off his bike near Hokin’s Road.
"He was lucky to escape injury. Our police members decided not to pursue him because of risk to the rider and other motorists but unfortunately he’s continued with his dangerous riding."
Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook said said the man was arrested, interviewed and released on bail to face court at a later date.
Bendigo Highway Patrol members detected another 60 traffic offences yesterday near the intersection of the Calder and Calder Alternative highways during a seven-hour operation.
Most of the offences were failing to obey the new 80km/h speed limit.
"Hopefully we've got off to a good start to reducing the road toll for the Easter weekend," Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook said.
"We’re appealing to all the motorists to concentrate while they’re driving and to make the road safe for everybody."
All Bendigo Highway Patrol members will be on duty this weekend.