Officer assaulted at La Festa: police

A GRIFFITH man has been charged with a string of offences - including assault, intimidate and resist police - after an incident at La Festa on Saturday. 

Police were conducting a licensed-premises inspection at the event in the Griffith Community Gardens about 5.15pm when they spotted a man who had previously been ejected from the licensed area.

When officers approached the 23-year-old, a second man confronted police.

As the 28-year-old man was being escorted from the area, he allegedly struck a male sergeant in the face.

In the process of making the arrest, police say they were surrounded by a number of other men who yelled abuse and threw wine at them. 

Officers later observed the man drop a plastic bag on the ground which is alleged to have contained seven tablets, believed to be ecstasy.

Police say he also made several threats to the arresting officer.

During a subsequent search, police seized a pocket knife from the pocket of his jeans.

He was taken to Griffith police station and charged with excluded person fail to leave premises when required; resist officer in execution of duty; assault officer in execution of duty; intimidate police officer in execution of duty; carry cutting weapon upon apprehension; supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.

The man was granted conditional bail and will appear in Griffith Local Court on May 14.

Police also arrested and charged the 23-year-old with two counts of fail to quit. 

He is due to front court on the same date.

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