Teenager quizzed after eggs thrown from car in Market Harborough and motorcyclist was blinded in one eye
A teenage suspect is being quizzed by police after eggs were hurled from a car in Market Harborough and a motorcyclist was blinded in one eye.
The 17-year-old was seized by motorway patrol officers after eggs were randomly thrown from a car in Welland Park Road, Harborough, late on Friday night (Jan 10).
The incident happened shortly after a motorcyclist had an egg thrown at him as he rode into Newton Lane, Wigston, at 11.15pm.
The stunned man of 31 had a helmet on but his visor was up and the missile hit him square in the face.
The egg was hurled from a car travelling in the opposite direction, Leicestershire Police said.
The seriously-injured and shocked motorcyclist, from Leicester, was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
But tragically surgeons couldn’t save his sight in one eye, police said.
Police immediately launched a huge Midlands-wide operation as they hunted the offenders.
The teenage suspect was arrested by the Central Motorway Police Group as he drove a car on the A500 in Staffordshire on Saturday night.
The specialist unit helps to cover the Midlands motorway network for Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police.
The youth, from Leicestershire, was taken into custody and is being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
Det Con DC Jack Thomas, who is investigating the double incident, said: “I want to hear from anyone who saw a car being driven in a manner that caused them concern in the area of Wigston and Market Harborough late on Friday - and from anyone who might have seen eggs being thrown.”
He added: “I appreciate it’s not something you would necessarily think to report to the police, but this incident where this victim has lost his sight shows that it can be very serious.”
He added: “Did you see a car being driven in a manner which caused you concern in the area of Wigston or Market Harborough late on Friday evening?
“Did you see eggs being thrown?
“Have you seen or heard any information since which may help our enquiries?”
Anyone who has any information should call police on 101 quoting crime number 20*19279.