PORT Stephens police were forced to use capsicum spray on a man on Monday after he turned violent during a routine vehicle stop in Anna Bay.
About 7.15pm police were called to Gan Gan Road at Anna Bay, after complaints about a vehicle driving in the area.
While police were speaking to the driver of a vehicle they had stopped, a 31-year-old Gillieston Heights man allegedly walked up to the officers and began arguing with them.
The man had not been in the car at the time it was stopped and it was unclear where he had been before approaching the officers.
However, police said the man may have known the driver of the stopped vehicle.
While he was arguing with officers, other police arrived.
Police said he was directed to move away from the area.
After failing to leave the area, he was told he would be placed under arrest.
As officers attempted to handcuff the man it is alleged he turned violent and capsicum spray was used.
He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and searched. The search allegedly uncovered a small bag of white powder believed to an illegal drug.
The man was charged with hindering police, resisting arrest, failing to comply with a move-on directive and possessing a prohibited drug.
He will appear in court at East Maitland on March 23.
ARREST: A man has been charged with hindering police and drug posession.
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