Police charge man with assault police and escape custody near Grafton

A man appeared in court today charged after allegedly assaulting police and escaping custody while under arrest for outstanding warrants in the state’s north yesterday.

About 6pm (Tuesday 29 October 2019), Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended a property on Browns Road, Halfway Creek, about 40km south-east of Grafton, after receiving information a man wanted on outstanding warrants was at the location.

Following a search, officers located a man hiding under a blanket in a caravan and attempted to arrest him.

A struggle with the man ensued, where he allegedly pushed a senior constable and punched another two officers – a senior constable and probationary constable – in the face.

Once in custody, he was taken to Grafton Police Station, before being transferred under police guard to Grafton Base Hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

Following treatment, the 22-year-old man attempted to flee the hospital before he allegedly kicked and spat blood at police.

Hospital security assisted in restraining the man, before he was carried out to a police vehicle. He then attempted to climb onto the roof of the vehicle, and OC spray was deployed.

He was placed into a caged truck and taken back to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with escape police custody, assault officer in execution of duty (x2), resist officer in execution of duty (x2) and four outstanding warrants relating to a number of traffic, property and fraud offences.

The man was refused bail and appeared in Grafton Local Court today (Wednesday 30 October 2019), where he was formally bail refused to appear before the same court on Monday 9 December 2019.

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