10 Apr 2011

Police officer attacked near Turangi

9:57 pm on 10 April 2011

Police say an officer suffered concussion and facial cuts after a vicious attack near Turangi.

They say the 59-year-old was on highway patrol on Sunday afternoon, when he was told about a suspected drunk driver.

Police say he found the driver, who failed a breath test, before turning on the constable and knocking him unconscious.

The alleged attacker fled into heavy bush near the Tongariro River, but was found by a police dog.

A 22-year-old man will appear in court on Monday morning.