Call to help woman escalates, with policemen injured
A POLICE officer lost consciousness after he and his colleague were set upon by a group of men when they responded to an incident in Ellenbrook on Friday night.
About 10.30pm police were called to Pinegrove Drive by a member of the public who was concerned about a woman they could see staggering down the road.
Two police officers found the woman, and contacted St John Ambulance.
A man approached the officers and attempted to interfere with the situation.
Another two men, who had come from a Pinegrove Drive home, approached the officers and also tried to interfere.
All three men became aggressive and it will be alleged one of the men punched one of the police officers, while a second member of the group kicked the other police officer.
It will be alleged the situation escalated when one of the men pushed the police officer who had been punched, causing him to fall backwards and strike his head on the road. The officer lost consciousness. Urgent back-up was requested and several police vehicles attended the location, with three men arrested.
The two police officers were taken to St John of God Midland Public Hospital but were later released. The woman was taken to Joondalup hospital by police.
Security staff at the hospital helped police manage her until she was assessed by medical staff.
The woman then refused treatment and was abusive towards the officers as she left hospital.
A 20-year-old man from Ellenbrook and a 22-year-old man from Aveley have been charged with assaulting a public officer, assaulting a public officer while in company and obstructing public officers.
A 22-year-old man from Heathridge was also charged over the incident.