Police officer punched in road rage attack
A MAN has spent the weekend in the watch house after a road rage incident, where he allegedly pulled over at the Mundingburra Police Station and punched a motorist - who happened to be a police officer - in the face.
Police have alleged that a 23-year-old man and a 50-year-old off duty police officer from the Burdekin were involved in the incident about 7pm on Saturday.
The men pulled over in front of the police station on Bayswater Rd and it is alleged the 23-year-old then punched the officer in the face.
It is understood the man was irate about an overtaking incident a few hundred metres up the road.
Pulling over in front of Townville's largest police station was likely a coincidence, according to Inspector Damien Crosby, but it meant police were able to respond immediately.
"It was an incident that was a minor overtaking dispute that happened several hundred metres down the road," he said.
"Obviously these incidents should never escalate to a physical altercation this should have been a verbal dispute at the most."
The younger man was taken into custody and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, serious assault of a police officer, and driving without due care and attention.
The man did not know the 50-year-old, who was in town for a social function, was a police officer.
The officer was taken to Townsville Hospital for injuries to his face but was not admitted.
He is expected to return to duty shortly.
Police are asking for anyone with dashcam footage from the area around that time to please come forward.
The man will face court on Monday.