A DRIVER has sparked a dramatic police pursuit in Sydney after allegedly latching onto an officer’s arm at a traffic stop and dragging him several metres along the road.
Officers directed the Subaru Impreza to stop near the intersection of Regent and McCulloch streets in Riverstone around 9.30pm last night.
Officers approached the vehicle, which had pulled over the side of the road, at which time the driver allegedly accelerated.
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One officer attempted to reach into the car through the window when it is alleged the driver grabbed hold of his arm and assaulted him.
The officer was forced to run beside the car for some time before he slipped and was dragged for about 10 metres.
The senior constable, who suffered minor injuries, jumped back on his feet and raced back to his vehicle and started pursuing the Subaru.
The police helicopter was dispatched to assist ground crews by monitoring the vehicle’s movements from above.
The Subaru stopped at Barkley Drive in Windsor Downs and the 29-year-old male driver attempted to flee the scene.
He was arrested nearby after being chased down and sniffed out by a police dog.
The 29-year-old was taken to Riverstone Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, assault police, resist police, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, drive whilst disqualified, and use offensive weapon to avoid apprehension.
He was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today.
The senior constable was taken to Windsor Hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruising before being released.