Two men arrested, officer assaulted

Two men have been arrested after a road-side altercation with police that saw an officer assaulted.

About 11:10pm (Monday 11 February 2019), officers from Newcastle City Police District stopped a black Holden ute on Walford Street, Wallsend after it was seen driving erratically.

As police approached the driver’s side of the car, the driver, a 44-year-old Wallsend man, pushed the door open and allegedly lunged at the officer and assaulted him.

Two men, an 18-year-old Wallsend man and an 18-year-old Maryland man, then got out of the vehicle and allegedly began yelling abuse at the officers.

The driver continued to act aggressively and was arrested with the use of an electronic control device and OC spray.

The 18-year-old Wallsend man was also arrested after he too became aggressive.

The two men were taken to Waratah Police Station where the driver underwent a breath analysis which returned a positive result of 0.183.

The 44-year-old man was charged with negligent driving, assault officer in execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty, destroy or damage property, drive with high range PCA, and learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Tuesday 12 February 2019).

The 18-year-old man was charged with wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty and use offensive language in/near public place.

He was granted bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 7 March 2019.

A senior constable was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment to a back injury and a minor head injury.

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