Drunk driver punches cops trying to free bogged ute in Byron

An alleged drunk driver has been charged after he allegedly assaulted two police officers who were coming to his rescue in Byron Bay.

The officers were called to Kendall Street in Byron around 2.20am on Tuesday after receiving reports a ute was bogged.

When they arrived, they allegedly found the 31-year-old seated at the wheel with the engine running.


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“When officers turned the vehicle off and attempted to speak with the man, he allegedly became aggressive and attempted to assault the officers, pushing them away,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“While attempting to remove the man from the utility, he allegedly punched a male senior constable and a female constable in the face and head.”

After a brief struggle, the man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.083.

He has now been charged with assault police occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police, resist police, mid-range PCA, not comply with noticed direction 7/8/9 under the Public Health Order and fail to wear a face mask.

He was refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court later today.