Policeman 'attacked' with child's scooter

KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 12:06 17/06/2014

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An Otaki man faces several charges after allegedly attacking a police officer with a baton and a child's scooter, before being tasered. 

Constable Callan Nikora said at about 4pm on Sunday a lone policeman followed a suspicious car to a street in Otaki, and as the driver got out confirmed the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

As he was being arrested the 48-year-old Otaki man, who is a known gang associate, fled.

''The offender discarded several items before being brought down by the officer in a garden,'' Nikora said. 

''A short struggle ensued ... before the offender was chased up another driveway where he tried to rip down a fence.''

The man then ''advanced on'' the officer, who fired his Taser.

Nikora said the Taser connected, but did not appear to have affected the man. 

Another struggle followed, during which the man grabbed the police baton and ''took swings'' at the officer.

''He then picked up a kid's metal scooter, swung that above his head at the officer, but missed,'' Nikora said.

The policeman retreated to a safe distance, and the man went into a house, but re-appeared soon afterwards, threw the baton on the ground and gave himself up.

The officer received minor wounds to his arm, Nikora said.

''It is concerning for us that people are willing to confront known police officers in a small town like this,'' he said. 

A 48-year-old Otaki man faces several charges relating to resisting arrest, possession of a weapon, driving while suspended, and drugs. 

He is due to appear in the Levin District Court today. 

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