Man charged over '˜serious assault' of police officer in Chichester

A man has been charged over the '˜serious assault' of a police officer in Chichester on Saturday night.

The scene where the officer was assaulted. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
The scene where the officer was assaulted. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

According to Sussex Police, Ernest Smietanka, 37, of no fixed address, is charged with assaulting two police officers, using unlawful violence and committing two counts of criminal damage.

He was due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 17.

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Police were called to Whyke Road in Chichester, close to Muchos Nachos restaurant, at 10.20pm to a report of two men fighting.

During the incident two officers were assaulted, police said.

One office was said to have been knocked out in the assault.

During the incident, which lasted for more than three hours, a man was captor sprayed and tasered twice before being arrested in Bognor Road, Merston at 4.30am.

According to police, a 41-year-old man from Merston was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

He was later released without charge.

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