14 Jan 2013

Man sought over attack on officer identified

4:11 pm on 14 January 2013

Police have identified a man wanted in connection with an attack on an officer in Waikato on Friday night.

Constable Perry Griffen was attacked by five people in Kawhia as he attempted to arrest a 19-year-old man wanted by police.

Police said on Monday a man seen to knock Mr Griffen to the ground with a blow from behind has been identified with the help of local people.

However, no arrest has been made yet and inquiries are continuing.

Meanwhile, charges against a 21-year old man - one of three arrested at the scene on Friday evening - have been dropped.

Police say this is the result of information received from witnesses and other inquiries.

Two other men have been charged.