Man in court after assault

A MAN who allegedly attacked a police officer attempting to arrest him at Wallsend will face court on Monday.

Newcastle police were called to Close Street at Wallsend shortly after midnight on Saturday after reports of a domestic incident.

A male constable and a female senior constable arrived at the scene, where they attempted to arrest a 24-year-old man.

Police will allege the man became aggressive and refused to comply.

It is alleged the man then pushed the male officer against a cupboard before striking him in the head several times.

The man then allegedly pinned the constable to the ground before punching him repeatedly in the head.

Police will also allege the man scratched the constable's face and tried to choke him.

Pepper spray and a baton were both used on the man, police said, but had no effect.

The man was eventually subdued with a taser and handcuffed, police said, before he was taken to Waratah Police Station.

The male constable was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he was treated for facial, neck and leg injuries.

The 24-year-old man was charged with two counts of common assault, assaulting an officer in execution of duty, assaulting an officer and causing grievous bodily harm as well as resisting police.

The man was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Monday. 

Central Hunter police are also hoping to talk to a man after a 16-year-old girl was chased through Cessnock bushland on Saturday.

Police were told the girl was jogging through bushland near the Kearsley Road and Lake Road intersection when a man chased her for a short distance before giving up.

The girl took refuge in a house and called police.

Investigators are seeking a Caucasian man between 180 and 185 centimetres tall in his 20s with a large build.

He was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and white joggers.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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