Police officer attacked near Makarora
A police officer has been injured in an incident near Makarora between Wanaka and Haast.
A policeman was transporting a man to Wanaka when he was attacked.
The officer stopped his patrol car near a roadside cafe and members of the public stepped in to help.
A police communications spokesman said a police patrol from Wanaka responded to a report of a motorist drink-driving earlier this afternoon on State Highway 6.
The officer stopped the vehicle and was transporting the male driver to Wanaka for a breath-test when the man attacked the officer, he said.
He managed to stop the patrol car near a roadside cafe and it appeared members of the public stepped in to help the officer.
''The police officer was attacked by the other male, he sustained some facial injuries.''
The injuries were not believed to be serious but St John was en route while the offender was restrained at the scene, he said.
Police will release more information today.
The Southland Times