Bashed cop back at work

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The po­lice of­fi­cer beaten up af­ter he pulled over a mo­torist for speed­ing south of Toko­roa is back on the beat.

Con­sta­ble Brett Kingston re­turned to work last week af­ter his jaw was bro­ken on Labour Week­end.

Mr Kingston had pulled over a driver for al­legedly speed­ing.

He breath-tested the driver and it was af­ter that he was hit in the jaw.

Mr Kingston told the Ro­torua Daily Post there was noth­ing to make him think the rou­tine stop would be any­thing out of the or­di­nary, un­til he was ‘‘blind­sided’’.

The next thing he knew he was tum­bling down a bank. ‘‘I could feel my jaw flap­ping around. ‘‘I thought I’d just done a tooth.’’ In­stead his jaw was bro­ken so badly he needed three ti­ta­nium plates in­serted. His wis­dom tooth was split into three. His in­juries are still caus­ing him trou­ble and he has only just started eat­ing solids again af­ter six weeks on a liq­uid diet.

De­spite the in­ci­dent, the con­sta­ble of five years said he was de­ter­mined to get back into polic­ing but the in­ci­dent had made him even more aware of the un­pre­dictable na­ture of peo­ple.

A man has been charged with the as­sault, as well as driv­ing-re­lated charges. He had yet to en­ter a plea on the charges.

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