A Wanaka policeman has been assaulted near the Makarora
Country Cafe, on State Highway 6 north of Wanaka.
The officer requested urgent assistance after allegedly being
gouged in the eye and kicked in the head by a male about
Two police units from Wanaka, a fire crew from Makarora and
an ambulance crew are responding.
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken, of Dunedin, said the police
officer had apprehended the alleged offender in relation
to a call about a drunk driver heading towards Wanaka from
the Haast area.
The officer, who was working alone at the time, detained the
male driver and was transporting him towards Wanaka for
processing at the police station when he was
allegedly assaulted by the man.
Snr Sgt Aitken said the alleged offender was still detained
by the officer and back-up was not far away.
The police officer suffered minor injuries to his head, eye
and ribs, and received medical treatment at the local medical