Police officer punched in the face

A SENIOR constable has been taken to hospital after being attacked by a driver following a dramatic police chase in Wollongong overnight.

Highway patrol officers were patrolling East Corrimal about midnight on Tuesday when they spotted a vehicle being driven recklessly.

Officers tried intercepting the vehicle but were forced to switch on their lights and sirens and give chase after the driver allegedly refused to pull over.


Police said the vehicle stopped on a driveway on Cawley Street and the driver attempted to flee on foot.

A senior constable was able to catch the man but was allegedly punched in the face in the process.

It’s alleged the driver continued to violently assault the officer until back up arrived and restrained him.

The 31-year-old man was taken to Wollongong Police Station where it’s alleged he refused to provide police with a breath analysis.

He was subsequently charged with assaulting and hindering police and for refusing a breath test.

The man was refused bail and expected to appear before Wollongong Local Court today.

The injured officer needed to be treated for his injuries by staff at Wollongong Hospital.

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