Man faces mandatory jail term for allegedly injuring police during attempted arrest in Kangaroo Flat

Police direct traffic on the Calder Highway at Kangaroo Flat on Friday night.
Police direct traffic on the Calder Highway at Kangaroo Flat on Friday night.

A MELBOURNE man who allegedly injured two Bendigo police officers during an attempted arrest in Kangaroo Flat on Friday has been told he faces at least a mandatory two-year jail sentence.

Ammar Najjar, 36, of Broadmeadows, appeared by video link in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday facing at least nine charges, including assaulting a police officer and placing police at risk by driving.

The incident on the Calder Highway at 6.20pm on Friday left a male police officer with lacerations, bruising and swelling after he became trapped in the moving car.

A female officer suffered a broken wrist and facial lacerations.

Both have been discharged from hospital.

Najjar was arrested on Fogartys Gap Road a short time after the incident in Kangaroo Flat.

He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to face court again on October 3.

A female co-accused, aged 24, also of Broadmeadows, is facing multiple charges including assaulting a police officer, and was released on bail on Friday – a situation Magistrate Sarah Leighfield described as “unfortunate”.

She was not required to attend court on Monday and will also appear on October 3.

Ms Leighfield told Najjar he faced at least a mandatory two-year jail sentence for the offence against police.

The court heard Najjar requires medication while in custody for schizophrenia.