Police officer dragged behind escaping car

POLICE have charged a 23-year-old man after a male officer was injured during a traffic incident in Townsville this morning.

When police intercepted a vehicle on Flinders Street around 2.40am the male driver allegedly grabbed the officer by the arm and accelerating along the street.

The officer was allegedly elbowed twice in the face before falling onto the roadway.

The 45-year-old constable was transported to Townsville Base Hospital and treated for a laceration to his head and eye, a chipped tooth and multiple abrasions and bruising to his body. He has since been released.

It will further be alleged that the vehicle failed to stop for police on two occasions before crashing on Mitchell Street a short time later.

A 23-year-old Townsville man has been charged with 11 offences including three counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle and being adversely affected by an intoxicating substance; two counts each of serious assault police causing bodily harm and failing to stop; and one count each of serious assault police, failing to remain at the scene of an incident and driving under the influence of liquor.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Monday.


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