POLICE CHECK: Hells Angels members
stopped by police on their way to the South Island.
Police swarmed on Hells Angels bikies this
afternoon, arresting one, as the group of 50 gang members rode
toward Wellington on their way to the South Island.
About 80 police officers turned out to stop
the gang members at Plimmerton, north of Wellington, as they
travelled to catch a ferry across Cook Strait this afternoon.
Police stopped the entire group at the
Plimmerton roundabout, requiring them to undertake roadside
breath tests, and checking their license and vehicle details.
Police said their staff included response,
road policing, investigations and specialist staff to ensure the
gang members were sober, licensed to drive and had roadworthy
One of the group was arrested for possession
of an offensive weapon - a knuckle-duster - but the rest of the
gang was co-operative.
"These operations are always a balancing act.
We want to quickly and efficiently check that the group is
lawfully on the road while causing minimum disruption to other
motorists using State Highway 1 at this time," Inspector John
It is understood members of the motorcycle
gang boarded a 1.30pm ferry to cross the Cook Strait.
The Hells Angels Nomads support crew vehicle
was seen cruising through Wellington's ferry terminal shortly
The chapter is a splinter group from the
outlaw motorcycle gang who wear an 81 on their patch.
They are separate from the original New Zealand Nomads
chapter - initially a faction of Black Power - which split from
the fraternity in the 1970s and wear a 77 on their insignia.