Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Man charged after border assault

A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a Police officer while trying to evade a NSW-Victorian checkpoint on the weekend.

Police say three officers and two Australian Defence Force personnel were manning a border crossing at Federation Way at Corowa when a car was stopped about 4.50am on Saturday.

The 22-year-old female driver and a 25-year-old woman in the front-passenger seat presented valid permits and ID. Police allege a man travelling in the back seat provided false information. 

After checks revealed the man was wanted on seven outstanding warrants – including a revocation of parole warrant – the 21-year-old man attempted to run from the vehicle, allegedly punching a senior constable in the face and knocking him to the ground as he tried to flee.

Police and ADF officers intervened and arrested the man after a short struggle. 

He was taken to Corowa Hospital due to concerns about the effects of suspected drug ingestion after officers seized drug paraphernalia during a search of the vehicle. 

The driver returned a positive roadside drug test for methamphetamine and had her licence suspended for 24 hours.

After the man was released from hospital, he was taken to Corowa Police Station where he was charged with assault police in execution of duty, and resist officer in execution of duty.

He was also charged with the outstanding warrants.

The Ashmont man was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

The senior constable received medical treatment for facial swelling and bruising.

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