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10:47 Tue Apr 9 2013

A man used his girlfriend and her 12-month-old baby to protect him from being pepper-sprayed by police as they tried to arrest him.

Police say the 22-year-old will face a host of charges in court on Tuesday over the incident in the Central Hawke's Bay town of Waipawa of Monday evening.

They say the man pulled his girlfriend and her child in front of him when police tried to pepper-spray him.

They took the full force of the spray and needed to be treated at the scene by police and ambulance staff, before being taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital for assessment. They were later discharged.

Inspector Andy Sloan says police went to the Shanley Street house to arrest the man for breaching home detention but he became aggressive and resisted arrest before police attempted to pepper-spray him.

He barricaded himself, the woman and child in the lounge, before escaping through a window and was tasered and arrested.

He is due to appear in the Hastings District Court on Tuesday charged with resisting police, escaping custody and failing to appear in court on warrant.