Macca’s fra­cas ex­plodes af­ter ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - RYAN TEN­NI­SON

A MAN at the cen­tre of a wild McDon­ald’s drive-through clash with po­lice in Mel­bourne’s west has claimed he was punched by one of­fi­cer.

Footage has cap­tured the con­fronta­tion be­tween Fady Taleb and po­lice, who con­verged on his lux­ury sedan for a ve­hi­cle check in Al­tona North.

“They pushed me and grabbed me first,’’ he said.

Se­nior po­lice yes­ter­day said they would not tol­er­ate be­ing abused and as­saulted while try­ing to do their job.

Of­fi­cers can be seen on the footage mak­ing an ex­ter­nal check of the car driven by 22-year-old Mr Taleb at the Millers Rd res­tau­rant.

But the sit­u­a­tion, at 7.15pm on Fri­day, es­ca­lated when they start to look in­side and Mr Taleb, of Al­tona, asked what they were do­ing.

“Are you go­ing to ob­struct me from do­ing my job?” one of­fi­cer asked.

Then, there was a clash be­tween po­lice and Mr Taleb, who was thrown across the bon­net and re­strained.

Soon af­ter, one of the of­fi­cers in­volved in the ini­tial con­fronta­tion ap­peared to aim a punch at him.

Mr Taleb, who was then sub­dued with cap­sicum spray and ar­rested, told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun the video, cap­tioned “pigs”, showed he did not touch the po­lice first.

Mr Taleb said he suf­fered in­juries to his head, neck, back, arms and legs.

Po­lice said another man, aged 19, turned up and be­came ag­gres­sive.

Mr Taleb has been charged with af­fray and as­sault­ing po­lice, while the sec­ond man faces counts of as­sault­ing and re­sist­ing po­lice. Both have been bailed to ap­pear at Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court on June 20.

A Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman said no of­fi­cial com­plaints had been re­ceived about the in­ci­dent, in which three of­fi­cers re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.

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