Capsicum spray shuts down man accused of hitting girl

POLICE were forced to use capsicum spray to help arrest a Ballina man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend yesterday.

A Ballina woman called police about the alleged assault at about 2am yesterday and when officers were speaking to the woman outside her home her 25 year-old boyfriend came out of the house.

The man then returned into the house before he reappeared armed with a 1.8m plank of wood.

Police said the man held the plank of wood above his head and swore loudly before being told by officers to drop the wood.

Once the officers armed themselves with capsicum spray the man dropped the plank, ran to the back of the property and jumped over the fence.

More police were called in to find the man who was located by officers swearing and acting aggressively on Burnett St.

Police said the man was told to stop but continued to walk aggressively towards officers with his fists clenched and was yelling abuse.

Officers used capsicum spray to subdue the man who continued to struggle and resist arrest.

The man was eventually handcuffed and taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with being armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting police, and assaulting police.

He was refused bail and will appear in Ballina Local court this morning.

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