VIDEO: 9-year-old watches on as father brutalises cop
A POLICE officer has been left emotionally scared and a man jailed after a vicious Christmas Eve assault where a child was abandoned on the side of road.
Ashley Wayne Dodd, 40, repeatedly punched the officer to the face and body during the brutal attack following a routine traffic stop on Johnston Rd, Glass House Mountains.
The officer had pulled over the Toyota Camry that Dodd was passenger in as the trailer it was towing had no licence plate.
The driver and Dodd both gave the officer "vague answers" about why they had the trailer, prompting a pat-down search.
Shocking body worn footage shows Dodd jump into nearby scrub during the search, before the officer tries to arrest him.
Dodd's nine-year-old son was in the back of the car and watched on as the events unfolded.
What followed left the officer "in fear for his life" as he was repeatedly punched to the point of almost losing consciousness.
During the attack the officer was pinned to the ground, but tried to position his body so Dodd couldn't reach for his gun.
Dodd yelled at his son to get out of the car, jumped off the officer and sped off in the vehicle.
The driver and boy were left on the side of the road.
Dodd pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today to 30 charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, serious assault of a police officer, burglary and possessing dangerous drugs.
In a victim impact statement, the officer said he now "struggled" to be happy and was haunted by the image of Dodd.
"I was not sleeping, not eating, I was hyper alert, incapable of concentrating on anything for any period and constantly replaying the events of Christmas eve and the assault.
"I kept seeing his face his son's face every time I closed my eyes.
"Just doing mundane events like grocery shopping I would see him or his son staring at me."
He suffered a black eye. split gum, bruised and swollen nose and bruising and swelling to his head.
Further investigations after the attack revealed Dodd was connected to a number of other crimes committed in the weeks prior, including the theft of the car involved in the incident which was stolen from Glenview between December 8 and 12.
Magistrate Ron Madsen ordered Dodd to a head sentence of 18 months' imprisonment, license disqualifications totalling more than 9 years and $300 in fines.
Dodd has served 210 days in prison and will be released on parole in January 2019.