A police officer had a front tooth kicked out by a fleeing man in Wellington's Hutt Valley overnight.
Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Dunnage said police got a call about two men allegedly breaking into a car in Belmont, Hutt Valley about 11pm yesterday.
When police arrived one man was arrested but the other took off on foot.
An officer gave chase and shortly after, as the getaway man was jumping a fence, he kicked the officer in the face, knocking out half a front tooth.
The kick was thought to be intentional, Dunnage said.
The man, 30, from Hutt Valley, was arrested on the opposite side of State Highway 2 with the help of a police dog.
He was in police cells this morning and would likely be charged with assault.
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