Arrest after officer attacked

A POLICE officer has been punched and kicked in the head in an unprovoked attack in Port Stephens.

Just before 10.30pm on Friday, officers from Port Stephens Local Area Command were patrolling Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, when police saw a man talking to a woman, police said.

A police sergeant, 54, approached to speak to the man about his behaviour when he allegedly became aggressive and, without provocation, punched the sergeant in the head.

Both fell to the ground in a violent struggle, police said.

Another police officer came to assist the sergeant and during this time it is believed another unknown male became involved and allegedly kicked the sergeant in the head while he was on the ground. The unknown man then fled the area.

With the help of nearby security officers, a 19-year-old man was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace police station where he was charged with assault police officer occasioning actual bodily harm and resist arrest.

The sergeant was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Mater Hospital with an arm injury and concussion.

The other officer did not require treatment.

The 19-year-old man was granted conditional bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday, June 19.

Inquiries were continuing.