A POLICE sergeant has been punched to the ground and kicked in the head in a shocking attack in NSW.
Officers were patrolling Shoal Bay in the state’s Hunter region on Friday night when they observed a man talking to a woman on Shoal Bay Road at around 10.30pm.
The 54-year-old sergeant approached the man to speak to him about his behaviour when he allegedly became aggressive and without provocation punched the sergeant in the head.
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Both the sergeant and his attacker fell the ground in a violent struggle, police said in a statement.
A second man then allegedly became involved and kicked the sergeant in the head while he was on the ground before running away from the scene.
A second police officer and nearby security guards raced to the injured officer’s aid.
Together they managed to detain and arrest a 19-year-old man.
He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with assaulting a police officer occasioning actual bodily harm and resist arrest.
The 19-year-old was granted conditional bail and will front Raymond Terrace Local Court next month.
The sergeant suffered an arm injured and a concussion in the attack. He was assessed by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment.
The sergeant is now on sick leave.
Investigations into the attack are continuing.
Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.