A man has been arrested after allegedly knocking out a police officer on an Auckland motorway.

Police were called to an incident on the Northern Motorway, near Tristram Ave, just before 10.30am after reports of a man jumping out in front of traffic on the motorway.

Three vehicles were involved in a minor crash as a result.

Police said the man reportedly threw himself at a truck.

“A police unit has attended and the man has jumped onto the windscreen of the police car and damaged it.

“The officer has to out of the vehicle where he has been assaulted by the offender and a struggle has ensued,” a statement said.

The officer attempted to taser the man, but was knocked unconscious by the alleged offender.

Members of the public have then got involved – restraining the offender until other police staff arrived.

The man was arrested at the scene.

The police officer has since been taken to hospital and assessed for his injuries.

“Police will be ensuring that they have welfare wrapped around them following this alarming incident,” police said.

The alleged offender has also been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Inspector Peter Raynes described the incident as alarming.

He said inquiries into the incident are ongoing and charges are likely.

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