Top Police Officer Stops His Own Press Conference To Rugby Tackle Suspect
A highly regarded detective has been praised after stopping his own press conference to rubgy tackle a man who was suspected of harassing a teenage girl.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards showed that police really are always on duty. The senior officer was part way through a media briefing outside court when he was interrupted by the sound of someone shouting behind him.
A man was seen running across the background, with another man chasing after him yelling angrily at him.
The detective, who happens to be a former rugby player, then launched himself at the 39-year-old man. The suspect has been accused of making rude comments to a teenage girl, who was reportedly the daughter of the man who was chasing him.
Other officers arrived, but Edwards simply got back up and then continued with his interview.
The incident took place just outside the Maroochydore Magistrates' Court, Queensland.
When the heroic cop turned around, the dad could be heard shouting 'run' and then saying 'he is being inappropriate to my daughter.'
As reported by The Independent, the man was at the court for an existing public nuisance charge. He had actually already interrupted the news conference earlier on. Prior to the incident with the girl's father, he had walked in front of the camera and accused the police of corruption.
The man, named as Laszlo, said: "Police is not good at all, the police is corrupt, disgusting and they are abusing innocent people like myself."
The video, aired by 9News, shows the detective then saying to the man: "You can have your day in court".
After the tackle, Edwards suffered grazes to his head, but otherwise seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing.
He joked with the news station that his 'suit was ready for a dry-clean anyway' and that it had been a long time since he'd made an arrest of such a dramatic nature.
He added: "It's just one of those things. You never know what the job will bring."
The video of the detective has gone viral, and it has since been revealed that his tackle wasn't just fluke. It came out that Edwards is actually a former rugby league player in the area of Redcliffe.
The suspect was subsequently charged with public nuisance and stalking offences.
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