Police officer Kieran John Atkin manning a breath-test station. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Two police officers falsely claimed a man rammed their patrol car and assaulted and detained him, court documents allege.
The two officers, Kieran John Atkin and Brennan Roberts, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday to face charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and assault.
Charge sheets tendered to court allege the two officers claimed the man rammed their police car with his car in Hillside, in Melbourne's north-western suburbs, on August 22 last year.
The pair also assaulted and then "injuriously imprisoned" him, the charge sheets allege.
The following day, the officers "knowingly, wilfully and corruptly" signed a police statement knowing its contents were untrue, "wholly or in part", the charge sheets allege.
Mr Roberts, 25, faces three charges, of attempting to pervert the course of justice, assaulting and imprisoning the man and signing a police statement that he knew to be untrue.
Mr Atkin, 32, faces the same charges, along with three extra counts of assault and charges of careless driving and dangerous driving.
The court heard investigators had CCTV footage related to the allegations against the officers.
Magistrate Donna Bakos granted bail to both men to return to court on August 18.
Victoria Police said Mr Atkin and Mr Roberts had been suspended following an investigation by professional standards officers after a police pursuit last year.
A police spokeswoman said Mr Atkin was a senior constable and Mr Roberts was a constable.
It is not known what station the officers are based at, though a charge sheet alleges they signed a police statement they knew to be untrue in Sunshine.