Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Police officer assaulted

A 41-year-old man is facing a number of serious assault and drug charges after an incident yesterday during which he allegedly assaulted a police officer in Auckland.

“At around 9.20am, Police received reports of a man assaulting a woman in a vehicle on Quay Street,” NZ Police said in a statement today.

“While this was being reported to Police, the vehicle drove off along Tāmaki Drive towards Mission Bay.”

Police responded to this report and the vehicle was eventually located on Kitemoana Street, Ōrakei.

“It was established that the registered owner of the vehicle had numerous warrants for his arrest on serious matters,” Police said.

“The driver attempted to evade Police before he stopped the vehicle near the intersection with Tāmaki Drive.

“During the process of the man being arrested, he allegedly began to assault a Police officer at the scene for a prolonged time. He was eventually tasered and arrested by other Police that arrived.”

The officer suffered a facial injury, as well as grazes and was taken to Auckland Hospital for observation.

“Police are aware of footage circulating on social media of the incident,” Police said today.

“Our staff go to work every day to keep our community safe, and this video shows a Police officer in a very dangerous, and vulnerable situation. It is incredibly fortunate that the outcome was not worse and we are currently providing our officer with support.”

The 41-year-old man involved is facing a number of serious assault and drug charges, including:

* Resisting Police
* Injuring with intent to injure
* Possession for supply of methamphetamine
* Escaping Police custody

He is due to appear in the Auckland District Court on 29 January 2021.

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