Cop kicker awaits sentence
A MAN is awaiting sentence today after being charged with kicking and punching a policeman in the head and assaulting the officer's police dog.
Toowoomba Police District spokesman Dave Isherwood said Gowrie Mountain residents disturbed a 25-year-old man breaking into their home just before midnight on Friday.
Police dog squad member Senior Constable Glen Ayoub and dog Ribot successfully tracked the offender from the Warrego Hwy property and located him.
"The police dog gave chase and caught the offender who resisted violently," Insp Isherwood said.
Insp Isherwood said the offender kicked and lashed out at Ribot before punching Snr Const Ayoub in the face.
Snr Const Ayoub fell to the ground and the man continued to assault him by kicking him in the face and neck area.
Insp Isherwood said Ribot, who was trained to protect his handler, attempted to bite the offender, but in the scuffle mistakenly bit Snr Const Ayoub on the thigh.
Police back-up arrived and the man was arrested.
He was charged with seriously assaulting a police officer, assaulting a police dog, two counts of burglary, and obstructing police.
Paramedics took Snr Const Ayoub to a Toowoomba hospital for treatment.
The offender was also taken to hospital as he ran into a barbed wire fence while running from police.
He is being held in custody and is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court for sentence today.
It is the second time police dog Ribot has been assaulted in two months.
The five-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head by a teenage offender in Newtown in April.