Capsicum spray used as man runs from police

PEPPER spray was used on a man after he allegedly assaulted a female police officer in Tank St.

Back-up police units came from all directions to the intersection of Auckland and Tank Sts on Monday afternoon as a 25-year-old man attempted to run from police, after it was revealed he was wanted on a outstanding warrant.

Gladstone Police Sergeant Wayne Butcher said officers on patrol had stopped the man on Auckland St for speeding.

He was arrested but made a run for it, entering several businesses and properties to evade the police.

Sgt Butcher said police ended up using capsicum spray to pacify the man and bring the chase to a halt.

An observer, who did not want to be named, said she was sitting in traffic on Auckland St and watched as six police cars took over the small area.

"I could see a guy running away from the police officers, but he ran straight into one of the police cars and was dodging the officers," she said.

"When he got to the last one the lady officer grabbed his arm and he (allegedly) swung at her and hit her."

Sgt Butcher said the man would be kept in on the warrant, and would be charged on the traffic matters and for obstructing police.

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