Policeman cops blow on head
A POLICE officer was whacked on the head with a beer bottle at a home in Yeppoon early Saturday morning.
The male officer was called to a Dolphin Crescent home after reports of a disturbance shortly after midnight.
He became involved in a struggle with a man outside the home and was then allegedly struck on the head, the blow causing a minor injury.
The alleged attack was the worst behaviour Central Region police had to deal with during the nationwide Operation Unite at the weekend, a two-day blitz on alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour.
In the Central Police Region there was increased presence from special operation officers in CBD “hot spots”.
Locally, police laid 133 charges and 138 people were arrested or issued a Notice to Appear.
Officers visited 325 licensed premises and 181 liquor infringement notices were issued.
Police conducted 1,678 random breath tests and nabbed 27 drink drivers.
The 20-year-old man alleged to have struck the officer early Saturday morning at Yeppoon has been charged with one count each of serious assault of police, consuming liquor in a public place, obstructing police and public nuisance.
Across Queensland, more than 1000 charges were laid during the two-day blitz.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said close to 1800 uniformed and plainclothes police officers were involved in the operation, proactively flooding hot spots across the state.
Police laid 1140 charges with 939 people arrested or issued with Notices to Appear. Of those charges, 62 related to offences committed by juveniles.
Officers visited 1784 licensed premises and detected 138 licensing breaches.
Officers also furnished 38 liquor incident reports and issued 368 liquor infringement notices. There were more than 790 “tip-outs” of open liquor in public places.
The operation supported the $1.5 million, two-month Operation Merit, Mr Roberts said.
Operation Merit will continue until the end of January.
More than 15,000 random breath tests were done and 177 drivers caught drink-driving. Almost 780 traffic infringement notices were issued.