Police officer assaulted in Flat Bush, man charged

A police officer had attempted to stop a vehicle on Ormiston Road just after 12pm on November 24 when it took off. The officer was assaulted soon after.

Police can confirm that a police officer was assaulted yesterday (Tuesday, November 24) following an incident in Flat Bush.

Inspector Wendy Spiller, Area Commander for Counties Manukau East said the officer had attempted to stop a vehicle on Ormiston Road just after 12pm when it took off. The vehicle was then stopped by traffic and then reversed into the police vehicle.

“The offending driver has then gotten out of his vehicle as has the police officer. The alleged offender has immediately begun punching the officer in the head a number of times and an altercation has taken place between them,” Inspector Spiller said.

Members of the public intervened and called 111. They held the alleged offender until other police units arrived.

“The officer was taken to an A&E where he was checked over. He has a broken finger and a number of bruises. Thankfully he has not suffered any serious head injury,” Inspector Spiller said.

“He is being well-supported by his colleagues and the wider organisation.”

A 25-year-old man has been charged with assaulting with intent to injure, operating a motor vehicle recklessly and failing to stop when required. He is due to appear in Manukau District Court tomorrow.

“We would like to thank the members of our community who intervened in this incident. We would never expect them to put themselves in harm’s way but we acknowledge their actions,” Inspector Spiller said.

“We also would like to say that it is completely unacceptable that any person would a assault a police officer, completely unprovoked, when they are simply doing their job.

“They leave their families every day to serve our communities and they deserve to go home safely.”