Man accused of robbery and wounding remanded

A man who allegedly robbed a liquor store then threw bottles at a pursuing police officer faces two serious charges.

The 20-year-old man was due to appear in the Dunedin District Court yesterday accused of aggravated robbery and aggravated wounding.

However, the defendant was remanded in custody by consent without the case being formally called.

Both charges carry a maximum prison term of 14 years and would attract a strike under the three-strikes legislation.

Sergeant Nathan White was allegedly struck with the projectile when responding to calls about an incident on Princes St yesterday.

He approached a suspect on Bond St, where the flashpoint took place.

Otago coastal area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said that police arrived at the scene of the incident about 3.20pm.

"In the course of attempting to apprehend the man, police deployed OC [pepper] spray and a Taser," he said.

"An experienced male officer unfortunately sustained moderate facial injuries after he was allegedly assaulted with a weapon while apprehending the man."

Insp Guthrie said Sgt White was treated at Dunedin Hospital before being released and was in "good spirits".

"He has indicated his desire to return to work at the earliest opportunity."

The defendant is scheduled to appear in court again next month.

rob.kidd@odt.co.nz

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