A Detective Sergeant ended up having to cut short a press conference to rugby tackle a male who was running away from the father of a girl who had allegedly just been on the receiving end of some inappropriate comments.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Edwards was speaking to the media who had gathered at the Maroochydore Police Station (Queensland, Australia) when a male who was wearing a red jumper suddenly appeared behind him (scroll down for video) while being chased by another man who was yelling:
“you better get running, run, run, run!”
DS Edwards stopped mid-sentence during the interview after he heard the farecard behind him.
DS Edwards turned around and intercepted the male who was running away from the angry father.
“He was being inappropriate to my daughter,” the pursuer explained to 9News Gold Coast, as more police officers appeared and arrested the man.
“I just came out from here,” the suspect said, as he was led back to the Watch House next door.
“Well, you’re going back in” one officer replied.
Kevin Scells told 9News Gold Coast that he chased the man because he had made inappropriate comments to his 19-year-old daughter.
“I was just sitting in the car, and this man’s said a few inappropriate things to my daughter, and I’ve just reacted by chasing him up the road, and it just happened to be you guys were here at the same time,” he said.
Charlotte Scells said the man had approached her twice.
“He just asked me if I was single, saying that I was beautiful and he was going to buy me stuff. I just told him to go away, and I wasn’t interested,” she said.
Earlier the same man had interrupted the press conference, expressing his’ disapproval of the police’.
DS Edwards suffered grazes to his head in the scuffle.
Police later confirmed that the male was arrested for public nuisance, which was the same charge that had led him to be at the police station in the first place.
Talking about the incident, DS Edwards told 9News that the “Suit was ready for a dry-clean anyway.”