Cops accuse pair of assault
Two police officers were hospitalised after they were allegedly attacked during a random traffic stop in Wagin.
Police will allege a 33-year-old Wagin man and 30-year-old Wagin woman became aggressive after they were stopped for a random breath test in the southern Wheatbelt town.
The officers — a male sergeant and a female senior constable — stopped the vehicle about 11pm on Saturday at the intersection of Wendell and Johnston streets.
As they were speaking to the man, the woman allegedly attacked the senior constable “to the head and throat”.
“She then allegedly continued the assault by further kicking and striking the officer,” a police spokeswoman said.
“The male sergeant intervened and was allegedly wrestled to the ground by the 33-year-old man.
“The sergeant then attempted to assist the female officer but was further assaulted by both the woman and the man.”
The police spokeswoman said the officers were able to call for help after using capsicum spray.
“Additional officers attended the scene along with an ambulance,” she said. “Both officers were conveyed to Wagin Hospital, where they were treated for lacerations and bruising injuries.”
The officers have since been released from hospital.
WA Police Union president George Tilbury labelled the alleged assault on police unacceptable.
“It is a completely deplorable act to assault our members and I am disgusted that they have been subject to such disrespect whilst protecting our community,” he said.
“Police officers give their all for the community and do not deserve to be assaulted while they are doing their job.
“The full force of the law must come down on these offenders, as the community and our members will accept nothing less.”
The occupants of the vehicle have been charged with assaulting a public officer.
They were due to appear in the Narrogin Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.