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29 September, 2020

Drug driving and assault police, Babinda

Two men have been charged following a routine traffic stop in the state’s Far North where a police officer was allegedly assaulted.

Just after 3.30pm yesterday, an officer has intercepted a vehicle on the Bruce Highway at Babinda where a 24-year-old man returned a positive result to a roadside drug test.

In the process of detaining the man for the purposes of a secondary test, he allegedly ran from the officer.

A 27-year-old man, who was also in the car, has allegedly assaulted the officer while he was attempting to arrest the driver.

Bystanders assisted the officer by subduing the passenger while additional police responded.

The driver was transported to Babinda Police Station where a secondary drug test was completed. Police are awaiting those results.

The 24-year-old East Innisfail man has been charged with obstructing a police officer and serious assault with intent to resist arrest.

The 27-year-old Innisfail man has also been charged with obstruct police.

They are both due to appear in Innisfail Magistrates Court on November 16.

The constable was not physically injured as a result of the assault.

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