Officers injured during violent struggle with man at Richlands

Police attempting to arrest a man driving an alleged stolen vehicle at Richlands this afternoon were confronted by an extremely agitated, aggressive and irrational man who struggled violently with officers, injuring three of them, Queensland Police say.

Around 4.35pm patrolling police observed the vehicle in the carpark of a fast food outlet on Government Road.

It will be alleged when police attempted to speak to the male driver he became combative and violent towards the officers. A prolonged struggle ensued during which time police were punched, kicked and assaulted by a man who displayed inordinate strength. OC spray and tasers were deployed at various times during the struggle with little or minimal effect.

Additional police resources arrived and officers were finally able to restrain and handcuff the man.

The man received what are believed to be superficial injuries to his face and arm. It will be further alleged that during transportation to hospital he damaged medical equipment.

A 26-year-old Wacol man has been charged with 18 offences including four counts of serious assault police, three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts each of disqualified and unlicensed driving and one count each of wilful damage, enter premises and commit an indictable offence, burglary and commit an indictable offence, receiving stolen property, dishonestly making off without paying and failing to stop.

He has been denied police bail and is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (September 15).

A 35-year-ld Sunnybank Hills woman, a passenger in the car, has been issued with a Notice to Appear in the same court on October 5 charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and enter premises and commit an indictable offence.

The three officers injured sustained bruising and abrasions, two of whom required first aid treatment.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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