Police officer beaten with metal bat during routine traffic stop

A POLICE officer has been taken to hospital with head injuries, a perforated ear drum and a fractured finger after being beaten with a metal bat during a routine traffic stop in Townsville.

Police had pulled over a vehicle for a routine stop on Mary Street in West End about 6.30pm last night when the passenger of the car allegedly jumped out and tried running away.

When officers caught up with the man, however, it’s alleged he began beating one of them – a 37-year-old male Senior Constable – with a metal bat.


Police said the Senior Constable was struck repeatedly with the bat.

The officer sustained head injuries, a perforated ear drum and a fractured finger during the incident.

The offender ran off a second time but was tracked down by the dog squad a short time later, found hiding in the backyard of a stranger’s house on Mary Street.

The 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with a long list offences relating to both last night’s incident and the brutal assault and robbery of a man at a home on Bellamy Street last week.

He was due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today, charged with serious assault, wilful damage, armed robbery, torture, deprivation of liberty, stealing and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

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