A father-of-three with bipolar disorder is in a coma after being rammed by a police car and apparently stomped in the head during a brutal arrest in Melbourne.
The man, who works as a roof plumber, is being treated in an intensive care unit following the disturbing incident at Epping, in the city’s north, on Sunday afternoon.
Relatives said the man had been seeking psychiatric treatment at the Northern Hospital but fled after failing to secure himself a bed, leading to police being called.
Outraged bystanders filmed the man’s arrest, with new footage showing the runaway patient flying forward after being hit by a police car about 4.20pm.
Video filmed later captures the man being pinned to the ground and appearing to be struck by officers.
Eyewitnesses Jake Edwards and his partner George Michael were driving down Cooper St when they pulled over and filmed the shocking incident.
A mentally unwell roof plumber living with bipolar disorder has been placed into a coma after video showed him being kicked in the head during a brutal arrest
The man, who has not been named, was being treated in an intensive care unit at a hospital following the incident at Epping, in north Melbourne, on Sunday
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.
‘Then pepper spray was used, punches from the police were thrown. While they were bringing him down and he wasn’t restrained yet there were kicks to the head.
‘The worst part of it all is while he was restrained with five to six officers on him, there was a stomp to the head and then a knee to the head. Disgusting.’
Outraged, the pair both posted their footage to Facebook where it was broadcast on last night’s news.
Eventually the man’s shocked wife contacted them on social media, trying to find out details of what had happened.
Witnesses George Michael (left) and Jake Edwards (right) filmed the incident and posted the shocking video to social media
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. ‘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.
He said his son was considered to be a ‘danger to himself’ and doctors rang the police.
Glen claims the matter got out of hand when police arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend his son.
Though Glen says the matter got out of hand when police arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend his son
In their video, one of the witnesses can be heard crying out: ‘Are you f*****g kidding me?’
A motorist yells at the police to stop kicking the man before the other witness urges him to be quiet.
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.