Pepper spray and taser used after man 'charges' police at Brighton-Le-Sands

Police assaulted: pepper spray and a taser were used to try and subdue a man at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday.
Police assaulted: pepper spray and a taser were used to try and subdue a man at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday.

A female police officer was "violently assaulted" while trying to arrest a man at Brighton-Le-Sands on Sunday.

The constable was allegedly forced to the ground, scratched, had her head bitten and hair pulled after pepper spray and a taser were used to try and subdue the man.

She was treated for facial injuries at St George Hospital and later released.

A police spokesman said, just after midday on Sunday, officers attached to St George Police Area Command, went to a unit in Queens Street regarding a concern for welfare of a male occupant.

"As police arrived the man became agitated and became aggressive, charging at one of the officers," the spokesman said.

"The officers were able to deploy a taser and OC spray; however, the man forced a female officer to the ground and allegedly violently assaulted her - scratching and biting her head and pulling out hair.

"The man was again tasered and additional officers were able to subdue and restrain him.

"The constable was taken to St George Hospital and treated for facial injuries. She has since been released.

"The 48-year-old man was taken to St George Hospital under police guard for assessment before being taken to St George Police Station.

"He has been charged with assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, assault officer in execution of duty, and resist officer in execution of duty.

The man has been refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Monday.