Man ran from police after attack

CAPSICUM spray and batons were used to subdue a man wanted for a series of crimes in Sydney on the weekend after he allegedly attacked police officers guarding him in hospital and led them on a chase through the streets of Darlinghurst.

About 6.20pm Saturday, an alarmed taxi driver stopped police at Bondi Junction and asked them to check on a passenger who had fallen asleep in the back seat.

When officers could not wake the man, he was taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

At the hospital, police discovered the 36-year-old man was wanted for an armed robbery in Wollongong, a police pursuit in the northern beaches and a number of domestic violence offences.

As he was being discharged, the man allegedly lashed out two officers, pushing one of them over and punching the other in the face before running out of the hospital.

He was tracked down at Green Park where he was tackled to the ground and sprayed.

He was taken the Waverly Police Station and charged with escape lawful custody, assault police, robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, police pursuit and breach apprehended violence order.

He was refused bail.

The two police officers injured during the confrontation were treated for lacerations and bruising to their faces, heads and hands.



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