Highway Patrol officer attacked in Wollongong

A man is assisting with inquiries after a highway patrol officer was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon when responding to a complaint about hooning.

Around 3.40pm police responded to a Crime Stoppers call about a car doing burnouts in Leigh Crescent at Unanderra.

The highway patrol senior constable, attached to Southern Region, located the car at Leigh Crescent.


After speaking with a man, who allegedly became aggressive towards him, the senior constable had to use capsicum spray to subdue the 29-year-old

The senior constable sustained serious facial injuries and was taken to Wollongong Hospital for further checks.

The 29-year-old was arrested at the scene and was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he is assisting police with inquiries.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is urged to contact Lake Illawarra Police Station on 02 4232 5599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.