Police have arrested a 20-year-old youth and charged him with a number of offences, including assaulting a police dog.
Police were trying to find the youth yesterday in a remote community near Alice Springs to arrest him for offences committed in November and December.
These offences include the alleged assault of a female.
Police claim the youth attempted to flee, ignoring warnings to stop from police.
Police Dog Loki was deployed to stop the youth who allegedly struck Loki several times to the face.
Loki was able to regain control and successfully resolve the situation without further escalation, police said.
The male was taken into custody.
As a result of the assault, Loki sustained minor abrasions and swelling to his face, but was otherwise uninjured.
The male was charged with:
- Breach bail
- x2 Aggravated assault
- x2 Breach DVO
- x2 Resist arrest
- Escape lawful custody
- Intentionally injure police dog
Capability Development Division Superintendent Sachin Sharma said this incident highlights the tough and dangerous nature of police work.
“Some of the hardest working members of any police force are the canine members,” he said.
“Having the capability to deploy police dogs greatly increases the Northern Territory Police Force’s capacity to protect and serve the Northern Territory community.
“Any assault on a police dog is an assault on an officer undertaking that role to protect and serve.”
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