Second police officer bashed in road safety clampdown

POLICE have made an urgent plea to the public in relation to the second assault of a police officer engaged in road safety patrols in the lead up to Christmas.

They have named Ashley Dodd, 39, as a person they would like to speak with in relation to an incident at 4.45pm Christmas Eve that occurred after a Road Policing Unit officer stopped a Toyota Camry on Johnston Road in the Glass House Mountains.

This is the second police officer who has been seriously assaulted while performing important Christmas road safety traffic duties on the Sunshine Coast in three days. The two events were not linked.

Before the assault Mr Dodd had been asked to step out of the car so that a search could be performed.

Police would allege that after they located a quantity of drugs including Oxcycodene Mr Dodd tried to flee, lashing out at the officer before turning around and punching him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

Second police officer bashed in road safety clampdown

A WHITE Toyota Camry similar to the one in which Dodd is alleged to have escaped.

A police spokesman said he was alleged to have then jumped onto the officer and continued punching him, before directing the driver to get out of the vehicle with a nine-year-old passenger.

He then got into the vehicle and sped off.

A 49-year-old male police sergeant, was transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for medical treatment.

He suffered a dislocated finger as well as facial and head injuries including bruises and grazes.

The initial driver, a 24-year-old Glass House Mountains man, was assisting police with their enquiries.

Police have asked if anyone who may have seen Dodd or knows of his whereabouts to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

Police were also appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, has dashcam footage or who may have seen a white 2001 Toyota Camry with registration 894HAD to come forward.

The vehicle was stolen from Glenview on December 10.

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