A MAN has allegedly bitten a police officer’s penis and tried gouging another officer’s eye out during a brutal arrest in Byron Bay overnight.
Officers were responding to reports of an assault at the intersection of Johnson and Lawson streets when they were allegedly attacked around 10pm.
Police said officers arrived to find a man who had allegedly been beaten with a metal pole.
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His accused attacker, a 43-year-old man, was found two blocks away on Bay Street after running from the scene.
He allegedly started abusing the officers and resisted arrest.
Police said a “violent” struggle followed, during which the man allegedly tried removing an officer’s firearm from its holster.
The man then allegedly “took hold of and bit” the genitals of one of the officers, police said, before eye-gouging the other.
Security guards from a nearby licensed premises intervened and helped police detain the man.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.
The 43-year-old was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.
One officer suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions, while the other suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.