Police officer punched by man with outstanding warrants at NSW-Victoria border crossing

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.

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