Drama all part of the job
By tonia moorton email@example.com
STEVEN Hayes was feeling a little battered and bruised when he got home from work on Wednesday.
The 23 year old has only been a policeman for a year but he's seen his fair share of drama. And the fresh bruises on his wrist indicate just how hard the job can be. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, when most of us were tucked up after a hard day avoiding paper cuts, Constable Hayes and his partner, 19-year veteran Acting Sergeant Mick McCormack took part in an unexpected arrest which could have gone bad.
Const Hayes and Sgt McCormack were patrolling one of the small villages near Lismore when they noticed a parked car with someone in it.
"The car was in a spot where it didn't look like it should be, so we pulled up behind it and went up and tapped on the window," Sgt McCormack recalls.
"We talked to the person in the car while we put his plates through the computer. The guy was obviously edgy but he was in the passenger side, so he wasn't able to drive away.
"When the computer came back and told us the car was listed as stolen, I went to arrest him, but he got out of my grip.
"He tried to kick me, so I capsicum sprayed him. Then he jumped over the gearstick to the driver's side." That's where Const Hayes jumped in.
"I ran around to the driver's side and he had already started the car," Const Hayes said. "I went to pull him out of the car and he slammed the driver's door across my wrist.
"I pried the door open again and grabbed him, but his shirt ripped and he ran off."
Sgt McCormack said Const Hayes chased the man for about 700 metres, over three fences and a drain, before cornering him in a shed and finally getting the handcuffs on him.
"I couldn't fault Steve's performance he was just fantastic," Sgt McCormack says.
"We later found out that the guy was wanted for questioning in two other towns for some serious crimes. So we made some officers happy there."
Const Hayes was cool about it all "I'm a bit sore and my wrist is swollen but I love being an officer," he says.