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Police officers were assaulted in a two separate incidents at Brunswick Heads and Tweed Heads over the weekend.

About 11.35am on Friday (June 23) Highway Patrol Officers attempted to stop a Holden Colorado ute speeding in Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads.

But the ute took off, speeding a number of streets in Brunswick Heads before continuing onto the motorway.

The offending vehicle travelled south before cutting across the grass divider and then heading north.

It is alleged the vehicle reached speeds of up to 160kmh during the chase. Near Clothiers Creek the ute had to stop due to a heavy vehicle breakdown ahead.

The driver, a 36-year-old man from Southside in Qld, was arrested. He was charged with Police Pursuit and drive in a manner dangerous to the public. The man was offered conditional bail, which he could not meet, so was kept in custody.

About 4.10pm the following day (Saturday June 24) three officers were taking the man to a police truck to transport him to a corrections centre when, without warning, he began throwing violent punches at them.

A struggle ensued and police has to use OC spray to restrain him. The three police officers all received injuries of cuts and bruises. One officer, who injured his shoulder was treated at Tweed Heads Hospital.

The man was charged with assaulting police in the execution of their duty and malicious damage. He was refused bail to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on July 3.

Tweed Heads altercation

About 12.40pm on Saturday (June 24) a security guard on Bay Street, Tweed Heads came across a 51 year old man from Byron Bay yelling out and using offensive language. The security guard was unable to calm the man down and police were called. On arrival the man threatened police with assault. He was arrested after a short struggle. No officer was injured but the man was charged with assault police in the execution of their duty and use offensive language in public. He was refused bail to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on June 26.

 


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