Man charged with biting two police officers

A DISEASE test has been ordered for a man charged with biting two police officers during an arrest north of Toowoomba.

The 48-year-old man was yesterday released from custody so he could continue living in care for his impaired mental capacity.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch officer Detective Sergeant Tony Morris said police were called to reports of a man walking along the New England Hwy, south of Highfields, about 5pm Sunday.

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Det. Sgt Morris said it was while officers were trying to coax the man from the southbound lanes of the highway that the man became aggressive.

He said both of the male officers were bitten on the forearm during the ensuing arrest.

It will be alleged that one of the attacks left puncture marks, grazing and bruising on the arm of one of the officers.

The man's charges of serious assault of a police officer and assault of a police officer were yesterday mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered a disease test be undertaken on the man.

The man is next due to appear in court on September 29.



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