Northern Territory Police have arrested and charged a 44-year-old man with two counts of assault police following an incident in Tennant Creek overnight.
Around 6:35pm the man was attempting to buy alcohol from a licensed premises on Paterson Street when he was stopped by a member of police due to already being in possession of alcohol.
It is alleged the man became verbally aggressive and threatening towards the officer, and an off-duty police officer who had come to assist.
Police apprehended the man, during which time a struggle has ensued resulting in one member being punched in the head and an officer being struck to the face.
The man was arrested and transported to the Tennant Creek watch house, where he was later charged with two counts of assault police and one count of resist police.
He is scheduled to appear before the Tennant Creek Local Court on Tuesday February 19, 2019.
The maximum penalty for assaulting a police officer would be sought said Superintendent Kylie Anderson.
“Assaults on our members is not acceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Superintendent Anderson
“Northern Territory Police strive to maintain a safer Northern Territory, and we will push for the maximum penalty on assaults of any kind towards or on police and other emergency services members.”