A MOTORBIKE rider suffered a deep gash to his leg after he crashed while allegedly riding away from police in Wendouree yesterday afternoon.
The 22-year-old was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital in a stable condition after coming off his bike about 1.45pm.
Police said the man lost control of the bike on a section of grassed area beside the Learmonth Road side road.
Ballarat Crime Investigation Unit Senior Sergeant David Hermit said the rider “took off” after police tried to intercept him on Marigold Street but said it was not a pursuit.
“He’s gone straight over the intersection and lost control on the dirt,” he said.
“It would appear he’s then caught his leg on some part of the bike.”
The rider’s family watched on as police examined the scene.
Senior Sergeant Hermit said riders needed to stay alert at all times on the road.
“People need to have a little bit more care and attention when riding motorcycles,” he said.
Police said the man would be issued with penalty notices in relation to the incident.
They would include riding an unregistered motorbike, unlicensed riding and other charges.