Taser used in ar­rest

Fra­cas at RBT stop

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

A MAN al­legedly un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs had to be pep­per sprayed and then hit with a stun gun sev­eral times be­fore po­lice could ar­rest him.

What started as a ran­dom breath test by Townsville’s Rapid Ac­tion Pa­trol group ( RAP) on Mon­day night ended with an in­jured of­fi­cer and a man charged with an ar­ray of of­fences.

Po­lice will al­lege the man was sit­ting in the back seat of a car when it was pulled over by po­lice for an RBT.

The driver got out of the car and the pas­sen­ger al­legedly jumped in the driver’s seat and tried to take off be­fore a scuf­fle broke out, with po­lice try­ing to pull him out of the car.

Dis­trict duty of­fi­cer Se­nior Sergeant Scott Warrick said the 39- year- old Can­non­vale man al­legedly re­sisted ar­rest and would not com­ply with di­rec­tions from po­lice.

“A Taser and OC spray was de­ployed dur­ing the ar­rest ... dur­ing the con­fronta­tion a win­dow was smashed as offi- cers were try­ing to re­move the key from the ig­ni­tion,” Sen- Sgt Warrick said.

“Po­lice will al­lege he’s gone from the back seat and tried to take off. Po­lice have tried to stop the ve­hi­cle from go­ing and there has been a strug­gle, where spray and a Taser was de­ployed.”

The man was wanted on a num­ber of other mat­ters, be­fore be­ing charged with an ar­ray of new of­fences from this latest in­ci­dent.

In­spec­tor Mark Jack­son said the of­fi­cer who cut his arm dur­ing the strug­gle and the of­fender were taken to Townsville Hos­pi­tal.

“An of­fi­cer suf­fered a small cut to his fore­arm when the win­dow in the car got bro­ken in the strug­gle ... ( the of­fender) was taken to hos­pi­tal for a check- up and to the watch­house af­ter that,” Insp John­son said.

The 39- year- old man was charged with con­tra­ven­ing a di­rec­tion or re­quire­ment of po­lice, se­ri­ous as­sault of po­lice, at­tempt to put in mo­tion a ve­hi­cle while un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor or a drug and pos­sess dan­ger­ous drug.

He was re­manded in cus­tody and will face Townsville Mag­is­trates Court to­day.

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