Officer ‘forced to use self-defence training’ while arresting woman at Byron Bay

Police say a female police officer was forced to use her self defence training to avoid being bitten while making an arrest in Byron Bay on Monday.

Around 3.20pm, police were called to the back of a caravan park on Byron Bay beach after receiving reports of intoxicated people being disruptive.

Police say that upon arrival, they spoke to an “intoxicated 18-year-old woman who is alleged to have become aggressive.”


“Police will allege they located the remains of a bottle of vodka in the woman’s bag which they disposed of in accordance with the pre-existing alcohol-free zone,” NSW police said in a statement.

As the woman was being arrested for offensive behaviour, a man allegedly tried to intervene.

It’s alleged the woman then tried to bite a female officer who had to use her self-defence training to avoid injury.

The incident was caught on video and has since been posted to social media.


The woman has since been charged with affray, assault police, assault ambulance officer and offensive conduct.

A 21-year-old man has also been charged with affray, assault police (x2), and hinder police.

The pair are due to face Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday 8 March.