A 24-year-old Pembroke man was arrested on suspicion of impaired riding on Friday night, following a road traffic accident on Parsons Road in Pembroke.

Police say the accident occurred around 10:20pm Friday, December 14.

A spokesman said: “It appears that a community service van was stationary outside a residence on Parsons Road near the junction with Glebe Road as the passengers, believed to be a 19-year-old Pembroke woman and her 17-month-old baby, were exiting the vehicle.

Apparently at that time a motorcyclist traveling along Parsons Road attempted to maneuver between the community service vehicle and the kerb, striking the sliding door of the van as well as the 19 year old mother holding her infant son, throwing both to the ground,” he said.

“However, the young mother was able to hold on to her baby and used her body to shield her infant son from the brunt of the fall.

“The motorcycle and rider – said to be a 24 year old Pembroke man – then struck a wall, throwing the rider to the ground.

“The mother and her baby as well as the motorcycle rider were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for medical assessment.

“It was subsequently confirmed that the baby did not sustain any injuries, while the 19 year old woman suffered a knee injury and the 24 year old man received treatment for non-life threatening injuries to his wrist and shoulder area. An update on his medical condition is anticipated in due course.

“The rider was later arrested on suspicion of impaired driving.

“The scene was processed by the relevant police personnel and inquiries continue. Any witnesses are asked to contact the main police telephone number 295-0011.