A MAN allegedly assaulted a Bendigo police officer after he was found in a stolen car, a court has been told.
Kayd Craig Thorp, 35, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after he was charged with offences including theft of a motor vehicle, assault, and possessing ammunition cartridges.
The court heard about 11.10am on December 29 last year, police attended a Golden Square property for unrelated matters.
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Police alleged Mr Thorp exited the property carrying a set of keys and entered a white Hyundai parked in the driveway.
Police checks showed the vehicle had been reported as stolen on December 16. The two registration plates displayed on the vehicle were also allegedly stolen.
The court heard police approached Mr Thorp and he told officers the vehicle belonged to his aunt.
Mr Thorp exited the car and police tried to arrest him but he allegedly ran.
It was alleged as a police officer grabbed Mr Thorp, he punched the officer in the face with his left fist and ran away to High Street.
Police located Mr Thorp in the backyard of a property and arrested him. He refused a police interview.
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Detectives searched the white Hyundai and allegedly found five shotgun cartridges.
The police officer who was allegedly assaulted suffered bruising to their face.
Defence lawyer Rebecca Heely told the court Mr Thorp was willing to plead guilty to the assault.
But Ms Heely said the charge of possessing ammunition would be contested as police were yet to establish whether there was Mr Thorp's DNA evidence on the cartridges.
Magistrate Russell Kelly said that the possession charge was less significant in comparison with the other more serious offences.
Mr Kelly said the matter should not proceed to a contested hearing, and instead told the parties to try and resolve the matter.
Mr Thorp was remanded in custody. He is due to return to court later this month.
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