Police officer breaks thumb in scuffle

A BLACKWATER workers’ camp miner will face court after a police officer’s thumb was broken and he was punched in the face in an alcohol-fuelled incident on Saturday, July 30.

Blackwater police said a hotel courtesy bus driver drove to the police station at 9.45pm where a 56-year-old was removed from the vehicle by officers for allegedly swearing at and abusing the driver. His friend, 50, also got off the bus. The men were then arrested.

“A scuffle ensued during which one male has punched an officer in the face and during the scuffle the officer’s thumb has been broken,” Sergeant Chris Clague said.

The men were bailed on the condition they stay away from licensed premises in the town.


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