36-year-old charged after allegedly fleeing random breath test

A man has been charged with a string of offences after he allegedly injured a police officer and fled during a random breath test.

The 36-year-old had six outstanding arrest warrants related to assault, traffic and domestic violence offences.

Central Hunter police appealed for information on Tuesday to find him, after the alleged breath test incident on Monday.

He was pulled over for the breath test when police realised he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

Police tried to reach into his vehicle to turn off the ignition but he allegedly drove off, injuring an officer’s arm.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector George Radmore said the man allegedly drove aggressively towards police before he sped away from the scene.

Investigators found him at a home at Maitland Road, Hexham on Tuesday night after a tip from the public.

The man was working on a vehicle in the front yard about 9.15pm when he saw the police and allegedly took off on foot.

Police chased and caught him, but he allegedly tried to resist by punching and kicking.

Inspector Radmore said officers used “reasonable force” to subdue to him. His subsequent injuries required treatment in hospital.

After he was released from hospital, he was charged with the six outstanding offences.

He was also charged with driving in a dangerous manner, not complying with police direction, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in relation to the breath test incident.

Police also charged him with another two counts of assaulting police, resisting arrest and goods in custody.

The man was refused bail to appear in Maitland Local Court on March 15.