Saul Wiseman, police.
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Police officer injured in Byron arresting drunk

A POLICE officer has suffered back injuries trying to do his job in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The officer was injured while trying to arrest an intoxicated man about 2.30 am near popular bar Cheeky Monkeys.

"The male had been removed from the Cheeky Monkeys night club for being intoxicated when police observed him refusing to move away from the premises," Tweed-Byron crime manager Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said.

"The police warmed the man a number of times that he was required to move away however he was so intoxicated he walked out into the traffic and was almost struck by a taxi."

The 30-year-old Yandina man escaped and ran down Jonson St when police tried to detain him.

"He was apprehended a short time later after a violent struggle," Acting Insp Wiseman said.

"The officer suffered inquiries to his back."Acting Insp Wiseman said he'd had enough with the drunken behaviour in Byron Bay.

"Dealing with intoxicated people is always dangerous," he said.

"This officer's been injured just trying to do his job.

"Unfortunately it's becoming all too common in Byron Bay."

The man was charged with resisting a person aiding an officer, Resist police, Excluded person remain in vicinity of licensed premises and pedestrian move into driver's path.

He is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 21.



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