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'Choking on my blood': Frankston woman makes police brutality claims

A 34-year-old woman covered in bruises has accused police in Frankston of committing a violent attack during a roadside incident.

But Victoria Police refuted her allegations of police brutality, saying the woman injured herself during an arrest.

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Police accused of brutality in woman's arrest

Frankston woman accuses police of an attack that left her bruised, but Victoria Police says the woman injured herself while resisting arrest. Courtesy Seven News Melbourne.

Elisha Sherwood and her partner Daniel French, both of Frankston South, were pulled over on Young Street in Frankston around 1.30am on Friday.

Ms Sherwood says police bashed her during a 30-minute ordeal in Melbourne's far south-eastern suburb.

"They proceeded to say they were going to search the car for weapons. I questioned this and was basically tackled to the ground," she told Seven News during an interview broadcast on Sunday night.

"My nose and face were smashed into the ground and I was handcuffed.

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"They were saying I was spitting at them. I was actually choking on my blood."

In a statement, Victoria Police said the pair jumped out of the car after a routine intercept and approached police in an "aggressive manner" before being restrained.

"The woman was treated for minor injuries after injuring herself while resisting arrest. Three police members were also treated for minor injuries," police said in the statement.

But Ms Sherwood disputed this version of events.

"I only became aggressive after they started beating me," she said.

"If they're going to charge me for assault, I'd like to see their injuries."

She's facing nine charges, including resisting, hindering and assaulting police, assault by kicking and aggravated assault.

Mr French has been charged with unlicensed driving, possessing a controlled weapon and using an unroadworthy vehicle.

Seven News reported that Ms Sherwood had contacted a lawyer and planned on launching legal action on Monday.

Further comment was being sought from Ms Sherwood and her legal representative.

The pair will face court for the various criminal charges at a later date.

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