A CAIRNS police constable has a nervous wait ahead for the results of disease testing after he was allegedly bitten and spat on during an arrest in what a senior officer labelled a filthy act.

Far North police Chief Superintendent Brett Schafferius described this type of assault as particularly violent.

The 27-year-old officer had been arresting a man who was wanted over another matter.

During the arrest on Wednesday, a 42-year-old Cairns man allegedly bit the officer on the hand, breaking the skin on three fingers, before spitting on him.

An earlier fight on Cairns esplanade which saw a Cairns police officer assaulted. The police officer sustained serious injuries
An earlier fight on Cairns esplanade which saw a Cairns police officer assaulted. The police officer sustained serious injuries

There have been 158 charges of serious assault in Cairns this year. Cairns District Crime Prevention Senior Constable Russ Parker said it was a high figure considering most of the victims were police, paramedics, doctors and nurses.

More on this at Cairns Post

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