Officer takes table fork on chin as dad, son row

A father and son having a heated argument ended with a Timaru police officer allegedly being assaulted with a table fork on Tuesday night.

Sergeant Ian Howard attended the domestic incident in Timaru, during which the father turned on him with the fork.

Howard suffered scratches to the face and neck, with a small cut on his ear.

He was philosophical about the incident.

"Well you don't know what's going to happen in your day. If I cast my mind back to why I joined the police force 20-plus years ago, it was for the variety.

"It's all part of policing, isn't it?"

The man was arrested and charged with two counts of assault.

The Timaru Herald