The handcuffs of inmates are seen during a play at a public theatre in Lima, June 20, 2012. Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Two suspects, a man and a woman, allegedly physically attacked two police officers as they were being arrested for trying to steal a car. The duo had ditched a stolen car previously.

The man and woman were spotted at Goodna, located 20 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District, Queensland, in a stolen car at about 10PM on Sunday. However, as officers tried to pursue them, the duo drove away in high speed. The vehicle was tracked on the Centenary Motorway at Springfield. It then crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

According to AAP (via Yahoo News), the car was followed to a fast food restaurant at Springfield Lakes. The suspects, who were in the stolen car, were attempting to steal another vehicle after assaulting its owner. After the police arrived at the scene, they took the man and woman into custody.

As the suspects were being arrested, the man allegedly punched the female officer in the face. As a result, she suffered a suspected broken cheekbone and was taken to Ipswich General Hospital. The male suspect violently resisted being arrested by the male officer, who suffered a shoulder injury and a cut to his face. He was subsequently taken to Saint Andrews Hospital.

According to the police, no injuries to any members of the public during the incident have been reported. The man, 25-year-old from Belmont, faces charges of two counts of serious assault of a police officer causing bodily harm and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery with violence, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault police. The woman, 22-year-old from Ipswich, faces charges of one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery with violence, possessing dangerous drugs and failing to dispose of a syringe. The suspects are due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Jan 23.