POLICE have laid a new charge against a man who allegedly assaulted a Bendigo police officer.
Kayd Craig Thorp, 35, was already facing charges of theft of a motor vehicle, assault, and possessing ammunition cartridges.
He appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Friday after the prosecution laid a new charge of recklessly causing injury.
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The indictable offence meant the case could not resolve and would instead need to proceed as a committal hearing.
The charges stem from an alleged incident on December 29 last year when police attended a Golden Square property for unrelated matters.
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.
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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.
Detectives searched the white Hyundai and allegedly found five shotgun cartridges.
The police officer who was allegedly assaulted suffered bruising to their face.
Mr Thorp was last week released on bail through the Court Integrated Services Program. His bail was extended to his next court date in July.
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