A father-of-three with bipolar disorder is now in a coma after being rammed by a police car and then stomped in the head during a brutal arrest in Melbourne.
The roof plumber, 32, is being treated in an intensive care unit following Victorian Police once again going way over the top at Epping, in the city’s north, on Sunday afternoon.
Relatives said the tradesman had been seeking psychiatric treatment at the Northern Hospital but fled after failing to secure himself a bed, leading to police being called.
Outraged witnesses filmed the man’s arrest, with new footage showing the runaway patient flying forward after being hit by a police car shortly after 4pm.
Video filmed afterward captures officers pinning the man to the ground and start to stomp and kick him.
Eyewitnesses Jake Edwards and his partner George Michael were driving down Cooper St when they stopped and filmed the shocking incident.
Outraged, the pair both posted their footage to Facebook. Once seeing the footage, the man’s shocked wife contacted the two on social media, trying to find out details of what had happened.
Mr Edwards described what they pair witnessed as ‘unjustifiable’ and ‘disgusting’ behaviour from Victoria Police.
‘We’ve seen a police car ram into (the man) sending him flying a few metres across the road,’ Mr Edwards recalled to Daily Mail Australia.
‘He got up and the foot chase continued. They run-up to the median strip (and) the man did throw a punch or two.
The man’s furious father Glen told Radio 3AW his son has been taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries, where he was placed in an induced coma.
Doctors have performed a CT scan of his head but are yet to deliver the results to the family.
‘The police had no right to do what they did,’ Glen fumed, before adding of an officer involved: ‘This bloke needs to be accountable and lose his job.’
Glen said his son had been mentally unwell and had sought to be admitted to a psychiatric ward but had been unable to secure a bed.
His son called his apprentice to pick him up before he ran out the front door of the hospital.
Glen said his son was considered to be a ‘danger to himself’ and doctors rang the police.
Glen claimed the matter got out of hand when police arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend his son.
Victoria Police said the incident unfolded after officers were called over reports of a male behaving erratically about 4.10pm.
‘Upon arrival the male allegedly became aggressive and damaged a police vehicle whilst attempting to avoid arrest,’ a police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘During the highly dynamic incident a police officer was assaulted and OC spray was deployed before the man was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital for assessment.’
The arrest has been referred to Professional Standards Command for investigation.