Man charged after punching police

A MAN has been charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and a string of other offences after punching a police officer in Maitland yesterday.

Police from the Central Hunter Target Action Group attended a residence in Rous Street, East Maitland about 3.20pm yesterday, after receiving information that an outstanding-warrant offender was at the location.

Inside the residence, police informed a man that he was under arrest.

The man then allegedly punched a male senior constable twice in the face and throat.

The officer tried to subdue the man with capsicum spray. Police said the spray had no effect because the man was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

A female resident ran into the room, allegedly ignoring police instructions not to do so.

It will be alleged the man grabbed then the woman and threatened to harm her with a knife.

Police negotiators were called to the residence. Officers already in attendance were able to subdue the man using a Taser.

The 42-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Maitland Police Station.

The man was charged with the use of an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage, assault officer in execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic), and the outstanding warrant.

He was refused bail to face Maitland Local Court today.

Police charged the woman with resist/hinder police officer in the execution of duty. She was given condition bail to appear in Maitland Local Court on January 21, next year.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.