Police say an officer was punched at a NSW-Victoria checkpoint by a man who provided false information while trying to cross the border on Saturday morning.
NSW Police said three police officers and two Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel were manning a border crossing at Federation Way at Corowa when a car with three people on board was stopped about 4:50am this morning.
Authorities said the 22-year-old female driver and a 25-year-old female passenger in the front seat had valid permits and ID, but a 21-year-old man in the back seat “provided false information”.
Officers said checks on the man revealed he had seven outstanding warrants, including a revocation of parole warrant.
He attempted to run from the vehicle and allegedly punched a senior constable in the face and knocked him to the ground.
Police and Defence Force officers arrested the man after a short struggle.
He was taken to Corowa Hospital after authorities found drug paraphernalia in the car and was concerned about “the effects of suspected drug ingestion”.
The driver was given a roadside drug test and returned a positive result for methamphetamine. She had her license suspended for 24 hours, with further action pending after a secondary test.
NSW Police said it was waiting for the 21-year-old man to be released from hospital.
The senior constable was treated for facial swelling and bruising before being released from hospital.