Man on magic mushrooms had to be tasered by police
A MAN who had consumed an "illicit mushroom" is facing charges after he struck passing vehicles with a fishing net pole in Brunswick Heads.
Tweed Byron Police District Inspector Bobbie Cullen said officers were called to Brunswick Heads about 5.50am on November 6, following reports a 28-year-old male was behaving erratically and committing offences.
Insp Cullen said the man had allegedly picked up a fishing net with a long wooden handle from the side of the shop and walked onto the roadway on Mullumbimby Street and struck passing vehicles.
"A witness called police and saw the male walking along the sand bank of the river," Insp Cullen said.
"He was holding the large wooden handled rod with attached fishing net, screaming and ranting.
"Police drove upon the bridge when he struck the back of the police vehicle with the stick. "Police exited the driver's side of the vehicle to apprehend him when he ran into bushland towards the river.
"Police chased the male into the scrub when two campers advised police the male had approached their campsite, raising the stick and being aggressive towards them."
Insp Cullen said when police found the man, he allegedly raised the stick in the air causing officers to fear for their safety and deploy their taser.
"The taser was not effective and as the male raised the stick at police again, they were forced to again taser the male," she said.
"This had limited impact on him and as a result ended up wrestling with police on the ground.
"The male was assaulting police on the ground and as a result police used the taser to drive stun the lower torso of the male causing him to eventually release his grip and allowing police to handcuff him."
Insp Cullen said police formed the opinion that the man was experiencing a drug induced psychosis and was conveyed to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment.
While in custody, the man advised police he had consumed an illicit mushroom.
Once released from hospital, he will be charged with affray and resist police.
Meanwhile, a police officer received an injury to his forehead as a result of the incident.