Policeman knocked to ground
A Matamata policeman was seriously assaulted last weekend as he was arresting a drunken man outside a bar.
Sergeant Graham McGurk said two officers were on patrol outside TRAC Sports Bar about 1am on November 10 when a patron came outside and punched a man standing on the footpath.
The two men had had a verbal altercation earlier in the night.
Police immediately intervened and were dealing with the 38-year-old offender when he suddenly punched one officer three times in the head, knocking him to the ground.
The attack continued for several more seconds before the man was apprehended.
Mr McGurk said the officer suffered broken ribs, lacerations to his face and ear that required stitches, and heavy bruising.
He was taken to Pohlen Hospital for treatment.
The attacker was arrested and has been charged with assaulting the man on the footpath with intent to injure, as well as aggravated assault of the police officer and resisting arrest.
He appeared in the Hamilton District Court on November 12 and was released on bail to reappear in the Morrinsville District Court on December 5.
The police officer was recovering at home.