Qld cop loses fingertips in violent arrest

Warren Barnsley

A Queensland policeman has lost two of his fingertips while arresting a "violent and motivated offender" on parole.

The senior constable was taking 29-year-old Kasie Rice into custody in Townsville on Tuesday afternoon over parole breaches, including leaving a drug rehabilitation centre and removing a monitoring device.

During the arrest, police allege Rice rammed a police car with his vehicle.

It trapped the officer's fingers, the tips of which could not be salvaged.

Acting Chief Superintendent Steve Munro lamented the fact Rice was custody but stopped short of criticising a court decision to grant him parole.

"We wish this didn't have to happen," Acting Chief Superintendent Munro told reporters on Tuesday.

"We wish the community could feel safe and remain safe without people like Kasie Rice out there in our community.

"I hope it's the last time he comes to the attention of police for a long period of time."

He said Rice, who remains in custody but is yet to be charged over the incident, has a long criminal history.

"Kasie Rice is a violent and motivated offender," Chief Supt Munro said.

"He is known to be a stand-over merchant. He has been before the courts for numerous offences, particularly in relation to drugs."