A driver who allegedly flung a police officer from a stolen car during a dramatic arrest in Melbourne has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Footage shows the officer wrestling with Jahdon Tamati in the driver’s seat of a Range Rover SUV in a South Yarra carpark. Police allege Mr Tamati then reversed the car.
The CCTV shows the policeman then gets trapped by the open car door before he is thrown metres into the air and onto the roof of a parked car.
The car drives off as the officer, who suffered minor injuries, and his partner start to give chase.
Mr Tamati fled in the allegedly stolen car, later dumping it in Bray Street, before being arrested shortly after.
It is understood he had breached stay-at-home measures and may be fined.
He was taken to hospital, where he was found to be infected with COVID-19 and was placed under police guard – leading to fears for the officers who arrested him.
Mr Tamati has been charged with aggravated intentional and reckless exposure of police officer to risk by driving, assaulting police, resisting arrest, theft of a motor vehicle and numerous traffic offences.
He has been remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
Premier Daniel Andrews today said he had not seen the video, but there had been behaviour towards police during the pandemic that was “nothing short of shameful”.
“People should respect police and do as police ask them,” he said.
“This has been a very difficult year for Victoria Police.”