A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officer’s Glock 22 pistol, police allege.
About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.
Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.
He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.
During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officer’s gun from its holster.
He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.
The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).
One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.
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.