Pub assault could end Bundaberg cop's career

UPDATE 11.50AM: THE career of a 58-year-old Bundaberg Police officer hangs in the balance today after he was seriously assaulted at the Bargara Hotel overnight.

The officer is expected to have surgery on what could be a career ending injury, a broken tibia and fibula, in a Bundaberg hospital today.

His accused attacker, John Leonard Pullen, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning charged with two counts of assault or obstruct a police officer within or in vicinity of a licensed premises, and one count each of drunk or disorderly in premises to which a permit relates, fail to leave licensed premises and grievous bodily harm.

The court heard just before 10pm police were called to the Bargara Hotel after the manager asked him to leave.

Pullen, a 44-year-old man from Elliot Heads, refused and police were called.

When approached by police and asked to leave, Pullen again refused.

The now injured officer then approached Pullen and told him if he didn't comply he would be arrested.

Pullen allegedly said 'what are you going to do you fat copper' and backhanded the officer in the stomach.

A violent struggle between Pullen and the officer ensued and the pair ended up on the ground.

In the struggle, the officer's tibia and fibula, the main bones of his lower leg, were broken.

Another officer then tried to restrain Pullen and it took three officers to get him in handcuffs.

Pullen was then carried to the police vehicle and when told to get in, he said 'get f***ed', what are you going to do.'

Police prosecutor Sergeant Burgess said the injury could be career ending for the injured officer and he was expected to undergo surgery today depending on swelling.

The court heard Pullen has an issued with his temper with alcohol and has Bipolar.

Police are reviewing CCTV and body camera footage of the incident.

Pullen was granted bail on the conditions he not consume alcohol and submit to breathe tests, not attend a licensed premises in the state of Queensland, attend a mental health practitioner within seven days and obtain a letter for police, and continue to do so every fortnight, and report to the Bundaberg Police Station every Monday and Friday.

The matter was adjourned for committal mention in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on February 18. 

EARLIER: A BUNDABERG man will face Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning over a number of charges, including assaulting a police officer, from an incident last night.

Police have charged the Elliot Heads man with grievous bodily harm after a police officer suffered serious leg injuries in Bargara overnight.

Police will allege that just before 10pm they were called to a licensed premises on Bauer Street in relation to a disorderly male patron.

Police will further allege that when they attempted to arrest the man he became violent and a struggle has ensued between the man and police.

A male police officer suffered a broken leg during the struggle.

A 44-year-old Elliot Heads man has been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, fail to leave licenced premises, drunk or disorderly in licenced premises, assault police and obstruct police. 

He is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

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