Police helicopter tracks down rogue dirt biker

A police chase through Bodden Town late last week nabbed a dirt bike rider who officers said was speeding while driving an unregistered vehicle.

According to police, the dirt bike operator failed to stop after blowing past officers who were monitoring traffic in Bodden Town, and then tried to evade officers in the ensuing pursuit.

After patrol units on the ground lost the dirt bike rider, the police Air Support Unit tracked the 19-year-old suspect to a Bodden Town home where he was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving without insurance, registration or a certificate of road worthiness.

Trouble with dirt bikes being operated illegally and unsafely on Grand Cayman roads has been reported by residents from North Side to West Bay since the start of this year.

Most recently, a woman riding as a pillion passenger on a dirt bike was critically injured when the bike collided with an SUV in late July.

The 21-year-old man operating the dirt bike was also hurt when it collided with a Toyota RAV4 at the entrance of Liberty’s Restaurant on Reverend Blackman Road in West Bay.

According to police, the collision occurred when the Toyota’s driver, a 17-year-old female, was turning right into the restaurant car park and the dirt bike, which was heading in the opposite direction, collided with the SUV.