A man has been charged after allegedly attacking a female shop worker after he refused to wear a face mask in a shop.
Police allege the man entered a store on Lyndhurst Drive, Bomaderry, without a face mask on.
The man was asked by a staff member to put on a mask to comply with COVID-19 regulations before he placed his motorcycle helmet on.
He was again asked to put on a mask before he allegedly became aggressive and hit two panels of glass at the front of the store, causing them to smash.
The man left the store and was followed outside by a staff member, where they were involved in a verbal altercation before the man allegedly tackled the 50-year-old female employee to the ground.
A nearby witness attempted to stop the man, but he fled the scene on his motorcycle.
The woman was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.
Officers attached to South Coast Police District were notified and following inquiries, stopped the motorcycle on Meroo Road, Bomaderry, and arrested the 19-year-old rider.
He was taken to Nowra Police Station before being taken to hospital for assessment.
He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess a prohibited drug, destroy or damage property, and not wear a fitted face-covering in a business or retail premises.
He has been bailed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.