Moment pair pepper-sprayed at court

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A man and woman have been arrested after allegedly assaulting protective service officers outside a Melbourne court. Picture: David Geraghty / NewsWire.

Two people who were kicked out of court and allegedly proceeded to assault protective service officers have been arrested following a chase in Melbourne’s busy legal district.

A 36-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, both from South Yarra, were arrested after they allegedly assaulted the officers outside a courthouse on William St in Melbourne’s CBD at about 12.45pm on Thursday.

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A 36-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested after they allegedly assaulted protective service officers. Picture: David Geraghty / NewsWire.

It is understood the pair had been removed from court for being disruptive before they allegedly assaulted the officers and attempted to run away.

The officers proceeded to chase after the man and woman and there was a second confrontation where the pair “lashed out at officers”, a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

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The man was chased and pepper sprayed by police outside the Supreme Court of Victoria on William St. Picture: David Geraghty / NewsWire.

Pepper spray was deployed before the pair were arrested.

“The PSOs were not injured during the incident,” the Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed.

The man and woman are assisting investigators with their enquiries.

NewsWire understands the man was running along William St, before he was chased up the stairs at the Supreme Court of Victoria’s entrance, where he was caught.

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The man was taken away in a police van. Picture: David Geraghty / NewsWire.

After he was pepper sprayed, the man was seen sitting on the ground in front of the Supreme Court with his eyes closed, grimacing.

He was given water and paramedics could be seen briefly checking over him.

He was marched down the steps by multiple police officers and taken away in the back of a police van.