Assault police charges, Kearneys Spring (Toowoomba)

A man has been charged following a disturbance at Kearneys Spring on Sunday afternoon.

It will be alleged around 3:25pm a man was moving in and out of traffic on Ruthven Street and approached a motorcycle that had stopped. The man then allegedly grabbed the male rider on the arm and attempted to pull him from the vehicle before he also grabbed the arm of a boy riding pillion. It will further be alleged the man then attempted to climb onto the motorcycle but the rider and pillion were able to ride away.

Neither the rider, a 36-year-old man, nor the pillion, a 10-year-old boy, received any physical injuries.

Police attended the area following reports of the incident and of a man on the roadway. Police located a man walking up the center of the New England Highway.

Police have attempted to arrest the man however he allegedly resisted and a violent struggle ensued during which he bit a male officer three times on the wrist, thumb and forearm.

The 49-year-old male officer received treatment at the Toowoomba Base Hospital.

Police were forced to call for assistance from other officers and during the continuing struggle the man allegedly spat in the face of a 41-year-old male officer.

Police, including two off duty officers who were assisting, were finally able to restrain the man and place him into a police vehicle where it will be alleged he caused damage by spitting.

It will also be alleged the man continued to resist police upon his arrival at the watchhouse during which a 34-year-old female officer sustained an injury to her wrist and thumb.

A 42-year-old Mount Lofty man has been charged with attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of common assault, two counts of serious assault police, one count each of serious assault police by biting and by spitting and two counts of wilful damage police property. He is expected to appear at the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today (March 21).

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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