OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED AT EAST MAITLAND

A man’s been charged with assaulting and injuring an off-duty police officer at East Maitland.

The 43-year-old officer was walking his dogs on Park Street when he saw a white BMW being driven at high speed.

The driver – a 32-year-old man – stopped a short distance away, and the officer called out to him.

The man then approached the officer, threatened him and assaulted him.

Bystanders attempted to intervene as the officer arrested him.

He’s been charged with a raft of offences including common assault, assaulting police, affray, resisting arrest, driving whilst suspended, driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving.

He was refused bail.

The officer suffered minor grazes and bruising.