Cops ac­cuse pair of as­sault

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Liam Croy and Tim Ed­munds

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.

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