Bashed cop back at work
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.