Warrnambool police have come out swinging after a drunk racegoer assaulted four officers in the city's main street on Saturday night.
One female officer was punched to the head a number of times, is off work and when she does return she will be on light duties.
A 21-year-old Warrnambool man faces 11 charges, including the combination of assaulting an emergency worker on duty and recklessly causing injury.
If those charges are proved the man faces serving a minimum six-month jail term.
Warrnambool police Acting Senior Sergeant Travis Barber said anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated and those who offended would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Sergeant Dave McDonald is the investigating officer into the events of Saturday night. He said the offender got off a bus which had returned from the Dunkeld Cup meeting near the Warrnambool KFC restaurant about 5.30pm.
He said there were reports to police the man was "playing up" near the fast food outlet and had tried to get into the restaurant through the drive-thru window.
About 6pm the man was approached by a uniformed officer in Liebig Street near the Sportspower store.
He was found to be highly intoxicated and the officer tried unsuccessfully to arrest and handcuff the man.
Sergeant McDonald said the man resisted arrest and then tried to run off.
"The uniform officer was then assisted by the arrival of three divisional tasking unit members who arrived at the scene," he said.
"They were in plain clothes but clearly identified themselves as police members."
Sergeant McDonald said the man threw punches and unleashed kicks while resisting the police officers' attempts to arrest him.
"It was pretty full on. During the arrest a female police officer was injured," he said.
"She received a couple of punches to the head suffering minor concussion which required assessment and treatment.
"She's off work and when she does return she will be on light duties.
"The offender landed a number of punches and kicks during the prolonged struggle while being arrested.
"He also kicked a male police member to the face and that officer suffered minor injuries and his glasses were broken.
"The other two officers involved also received minor injuries."
Sergeant McDonald said the arrest process took about five minutes.
"The uniform police officer had the offender on the ground but was not able to handcuff him," he said.
"It was when the other DRU members arrived that the man really went off. He is a big bloke, about 100kg and six foot (183cm)."
Sergeant McDonald said the man was eventually arrested, interviewed, charged with 11 offences and released on bail to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on March 2 next year.
The man was charged with similar offences after a similar incident in early October, including being drunk and resisting arrest.
Sergeant McDonald said the festive season had started.
"We want people to have a good time, but we don't want to see anti-social behaviour," he said.
"And the last thing we want to see is physical assaults on police members. We are not there to be punching bags for drunks."
Sergeant McDonald said a video of the man's behaviour had been loaded onto social media Snapchat.
"A number of people contacted the Warrnambool police station about this offender's behaviour and we would like to here from those people again and obtain the footage."
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