Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Donald Albreent, 21, Edwin Albreent, 24, and Herdus Jaarsveld, 27, were granted bail of R500 each. The matter was postponed to October 23 for investigation.
The three were arrested on Saturday after allegedly assaulted a policeman in Mankweng.
Mulaudzi said the policeman, who was stationed in Groblersdal, was driving towards Mankweng when a car behind him flicked its lights.
He let it pass, but it slowed down next to him and one of the occupants hurled an empty bottle at him.
“The police officer, who was in full uniform, sensing a potential threat sped off. A car chase ensued until it culminated in a severe beating at the filling station,” said Mulaudzi.
On arrival at the filling station, the three men who were allegedly intoxicated, got out of their car and charged towards the policeman’s car.
“Without provocation [they] started to smash his car windows and out [of] fear the police officer removed his service pistol [and] ran into the filling station shop.”
The men attacked the policeman and a passer-by alerted the Mankweng police.
The three were arrested and charged with malicious damage to property, attempted car hijacking and common assault.
The injured policeman was taken to hospital for observation and was later discharged.