Authorities are searching for the person who allegedly threw a tyre iron at an NT Police officer responding an incident in Alice Springs Monday night who was a passenger in a silver Holden Commodore.
Police said an officer on duty was responding to a domestic violence report in Gregory Terrace when the vehicle appeared and one of its passengers allegedly threw a tyre iron at police.
The tyre iron struck a 30-year-old police officer to the back of the leg.
The officer was in “immediate pain”, but NT Police said it was non-life threatening.
Investigations led police to the vehicle and some of the occupants of the silver Holden Commodore, police said.
However, they say the offender who threw the tyre iron had “gone into hiding”.
Superintendent Antony Deutrom said investigations to locate the offender will continue.
He did not detail the gender or age of the alleged offender they’re searching for.
“Assaulting a police officer is a serious offence, and rest assured we will be investigating the matter further to hold the individual accountable for their actions,” Supt Deutrom said.
He urged anyone with information that may help with the investigations, to contact them on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersnt.com.au quoting reference number 9867756.
According to the Northern Territory’s Criminal Code, if a person is assaulted in the course of their employment, greater penalties apply.
For a police officer on duty, the maximum penalties range from two years to five years in prison.
If the police officer suffers harm, it increases to three to seven years. If they suffer serious harm, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for 16 years.