Police officer suffers facial injury following 'prolonged' attack in east Auckland

A police officer has suffered facial injuries following an assault in east Auckland.
A police officer has suffered facial injuries following an assault in east Auckland. Photo credit: Getty Images

A police officer has suffered facial injuries after a man he was arresting allegedly assaulted him for a "prolonged time" in east Auckland.

Superintendent Karyn Malthus said the man was attempting to evade police when the assault in Ōrākei occurred.

"During the process of being arrested, he allegedly began to assault a police officer at the scene for a prolonged time."

The officer was then taken to Auckland Hospital for observation with a facial injury as well as grazes. 

Malthus said the incident began at around 9:20am when police received reports of a man assaulting a woman in a vehicle on Quay St before the driver took off towards Mission Bay. 

After responding to the report the vehicle was found on Kitemoana St in Ōrākei, it was there police established the owner of the car and had several warrants for his arrest for serious offences. 

The 41-year-old driver continued to avoid police before being stopped near Tamaki Dr which is where the assault occurred.

The man was eventually tasered and arrested by other police that arrived. 

Malthus said police were concerned video of the incident had been shared to social media by bystanders. 

"Our staff go to work everyday to keep our community safe, and this video shows a police officer in a very dangerous, and vulnerable situation."

"It is incredibly fortunate that the outcome was not worse and we are currently providing our officer with support," Malthus added.

The man faces several serious assault and drug charges and is due to appear in the Auckland District Court on January 29.