Police have charged a man after he brutally punched an officer in the face at Coffs Harbour last night.
Just after 9.30pm, an officer attached to the Dog Unit was patrolling Coffs Harbour CBD when a member of the public flagged down the fully-marked police car on Grafton Street.
The officer stopped and spoke to the man, before approaching another man who was nearby.
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The man allegedly walked away into Studio Lane. The officer followed before going to the rear of the police vehicle to release his police dog.
The man then allegedly punched the officer in the face, before a struggle ensued, and the man ran away.
Emergency services responded and assisted the injured officer, who was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, for treatment to facial injuries, including a suspected broken nose. He has been since been released.
Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and patrolled the area, when they located a man on Nimbin Place.
The 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was charged with assault police officer in execution of duty causing actual bodily harm, and resist officer in execution of duty.
The man has been refused bail, to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today.