The Chronicle/Nev Madsen

Sword-wielding man taken down

A SWORD-WIELDING man has been taken down by a police taser after he threatened pedestrians on a main road in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Coffs Harbour Police were called to Harbour Drive opposite Brelsford Park at 2.05pm on Saturday.

Police allege a 32-year-old Coffs Harbour man was in possession of a sword and threatening pedestrians and motorists with the weapon.

The man was arrested after police deployed a taser gun.

A senior constable and a constable were hurt during the altercation, with one receiving a sprained wrist and the other had swelling and bruising to the forearm, leg and ankle. Both police officers went to hospital but were not seriously hurt.

The man was charged with a number of offences including use of an offensive weapon to prevent lawful arrest, armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault of police, common assault, possession of a prohibited drug and malicious damage.

The man appeared in court on Sunday morning and was refused bail.



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