A POLICE officer has been punched in the face while trying to arrest a drunk in Victoria's east.
The policeman was called to Nicholson St in Bairnsdale and arrested the man about 12.20pm yesterday, the Herald Sun reports.
It is alleged the man then punched the police officer in the face and attempted to flee.
A 28-year-old Moe man is in custody and assisting police with their inquiries.
The police officer has been taken to hospital for treatment for moderate facial injuries.
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