A man has been charged after he allegedly bit a police officer when he was found not wearing a mask on public transport on the Central Coast at the weekend.
Police said the man was spotted without a mask while on a southbound train between Gosford and Woy Woy on Saturday afternoon.
When police asked the 43-year-old if he had a mask, he allegedly became aggressive towards the officers.
They used capsicum spray on the man after he allegedly tried to punch the officers as they attempted to arrest him.
Police allege the man punched a senior constable and bit him twice - on his stomach and finger - as the officers wrestled him to the ground. The man allegedly became violent again after he was removed from the train.
He was charged with not wearing a fitted face covering in public transport/taxi etc, failing to comply with a direction, resisting an officer in the execution of duty, and assault a police officer in the execution of duty causing actual bodily harm.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear in Woy Woy Local Court on February 11.
The officer was taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment and has since been released.