13 August 2021

Police use taser after man allegedly assaults frontline workers

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A Fisher man will face multiple charges in ACT court today after being tasered by police in Charnwood. Photo: File.

A 20-year-old Fisher man has been charged with assaulting frontline community service providers and nine other offences following an incident in Charnwood overnight.

At about 10:30 pm on Thursday (12 August), police saw a dark coloured Audi which appeared to be actively avoiding them by turning off its headlights before proceeding in the wrong direction around the roundabout at the intersection of Ginninderra Drive and Florey Drive.

A short time later, police say they stopped the vehicle in Cartwright Street, Charnwood, and attempted to speak to the driver. The driver allegedly refused to answer questions and refused to participate in a roadside screening test for alcohol.

The man was advised he was under arrest and, as police attempted to remove him from his vehicle, he allegedly violently resisted arrest. After a significant struggle, the man was eventually subdued following the use of a taser.

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Two officers received minor injuries in the struggle, including a dislocated finger, cuts and scratches.

After being transported to ACT Watch House, the man allegedly caused injury to a third officer when he kicked the door of the caged vehicle as it was being opened.

The man was charged with multiple offences including three counts of assaulting a frontline community service provider, three counts of obstructing a Territory Official, refusing to undergo a roadside screening test, damaging Commonwealth property, unlicenced driving, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, negligent driving, and driving with false plates.

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As the man was a resident of Fisher and had no lawful reason to be in Charnwood, he was also charged with failing to comply with a health direction.

He was scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today (13 August).

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$10 fine and released with no conviction.

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