A MAN who tried outrunning police after pegging a rock at an officer during a traffic stop on the NSW Central Coast has been arrested after he flagged down a passing patrol car, thinking it was a taxi.
Officers were called to a hotel on Carrak Road in Kincumber at around 9.20pm last night after a group of men failed to leave the premises when asked to do so.
A responding Highway Patrol unit intercepted the men in a vehicle as they attempted to drive out of the hotel car park.
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Officers breath tested the 28-year-old male P-plate driver who allegedly returned a positive result.
It is alleged the driver and two other men then became aggressive towards police, with one man hurling a rock at an officer’s belt.
A passing off-duty police officer, a security officer and a number of bystanders joined forces to help police detain the men, however, one suspect managed to get away.
A 29-year-old man from Saratoga was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station, along with the P-plate driver of the car who police said returned a breath analysis reading of 0.100.
The 28-year-old man’s licence was suspended on the spot and he was issued with a court attendance notice for the offences of drive with mid-range PCA and resist arrest.
The second 29-year-old man arrested at the scene was issued with a court attendance notice for the offences of resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty and assault officer in the execution of duty.
Both men are expected to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 18 October.
Meanwhile, about 10pm, police were patrolling the area around the hotel when they were flagged down by a man who mistook the patrol vehicle for a taxi.
The 29-year-old man, who police believe had been in a nearby waterway as he was dripping wet, was placed under arrest and taken to Gosford Police Station.
He was charged with excluded person fail to leave premises when required, resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, throw missile at police officer executing duty, and assault officer in the execution of duty.
He was refused bail to appear at Gosford Local Court today.