An Australian outback policeman was pelted with rocks and beer bottles and his stolen patrol car was used to try and run him down.
The officer was attacked by five people Tuesday night at an Aboriginal camp near the desert town of Alice Springs. The attackers tried to run him down several times with the stolen car before they fled, dumping the vehicle 190 km away. Police condemned the assault as “drunken, cowardly and brutal.”
Alice Springs, a base for tourists visiting Australia’s outback, has seen a surge in violence in recent months, much of it blamed on local indigenous youths.
The town’s mayor last month demanded the riot squad be brought from Darwin, 1,500 km away, in a bid to end lawlessness blamed on chronic joblessness, boredom and easy access to alcohol.
Police said one of the attackers, a woman, was arrested after she was found in the police vehicle. Two men and two other women were arrested Wednesday and were to be charged with assault.
Phew! Tough duty. Can’t be too many coppers standing in line for that assignment.