20 Apr 2010

Motorcyclists 'in fear' of police pursuits

9:03 am on 20 April 2010

A motorcyclist who was in a crash three years ago with a police car that did a U-turn says he knew someone would eventually die in a similar incident.

Motorbike racer Paul Brown, 38, was killed on Sunday when his Kawasaki road bike collided with a patrol car that was turning to chase a speeding vehicle, near Te Kauwhata in Waikato.

Brent Russell was one of two men injured in a similar incident in the Buller Gorge in 2007, which resulted in a police officer being sentenced for dangerous driving.

Mr Russell says he believes most motorcyclists are now very afraid of police officers on the roads.

Mr Brown's brother-in-law, Stuart Maxwell, says although strong willed, the motorcyclist wouldn't take unnecessary risks off the race track.