Police officers spat on
A WARWICK Police officer says she is disgusted after an 18-year-old man allegedly spat in her eye at the weekend.
Police were called to a licensed premises about 11.30pm on Saturday after a man was allegedly involved in an altercation.
The 18-year-old Warwick man then allegedly resisted arrest and spat on two police officers as they attempted to get him into the squad car.
The female police officer, who has been in the force for a number of years, told the Daily News in her seven years in the Rose City she had never heard of officers being spat on.
“You just don’t expect it in Warwick,” she said.
“Under no circumstances is spitting acceptable.”
The officer said police were forced to use capsicum spray on the man while they attempted to arrest him. He has been charged with two counts of serious assault, public nuisance and resisting or obstructing police and will appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on June 2.
“The basic message is, if you’re told to leave, be that by hotel staff, police or security officers, leave,” she said.
She and her fellow officer, a male, now face an anxious wait while their blood tests are processed. They will need to have ongoing blood tests for the next six months.
“I just could not believe it ... we were walking him back to the car and I just copped a lurgy fair in my eye,” the female officer said. “It’s just foul.”
In other police news from the weekend, a man has been charged with drink driving and unlicensed driving after he was pulled up on Friday night with three children in the car.
A Warwick Police spokeswoman said the man was pulled up about 8.20pm on Percy Street and allegedly blew a reading of .94.
On Saturday about 10.10pm a 21-year-old female P-plater also allegedly blew .1 when intercepted by police on Albert Street.
She has also been charged with unlicensed driving.