Po­lice­man knocked to ground

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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