Raymond Terrace man charged with hitting a bus driver and using a weapon to avoid Police

A man has been charged over an alleged attack on a bus driver in Raymond Terrace yesterday.

About 5.45pm (Wednesday 19 November 2014) two men were passengers on a bus travelling from the Hunter Valley to Port Stephens.

Police will allege during the course of the trip the bus driver spoke to the two men regarding their use of offensive language on the bus.

At Adelaide Street bus stop in Raymond Terrace one of the men got off the bus. At the next bus stop the other was asked to leave the bus, due to his behaviour, and refused to comply with this request.

The 44-year-old bus driver called for assistance on his two-way radio.

The man has allegedly destroyed the radio cord, punched the driver a number of times and hitting him over the head with a full bottle of alcohol. The driver has fallen to the floor and the man has continued to attack him.

Passengers on the bus have attempted to assist the driver and the man ran from the area.

He was followed to Parkway Avenue, Raymond Terrace by a witness who called police. A fight allegedly occurred at this location between the man and others which stopped prior to police arrival.

Police attended and attempted to arrest the man who allegedly threatened police with a knife. Police drew their firearm and he dropped the knife. After a short struggle he was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station.

A 28-year-old Waratah man has been charged with malicious damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, use weapon to avoid apprehension, assault police and resist arrest.

He was refused bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court today (Thursday 20 November 2014)

Police are seeking any witnesses to the assault on the bus driver, including the passenger who assisted the driver, or anyone who was involved in the fight on Parkway Avenue to contact Raymond Terrace Detectives.

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