Good Samaritans help woman driver assaulted by partner

A Dunedin woman who was allegedly assaulted by her partner while driving, was helped by Good Samaritans after she managed to stop her vehicle, police say.

Acting Senior Sergeant Chris George said the woman was driving her male partner north on Cumberland St, when an alleged assault occurred at 10.50pm on Saturday night.

The victim stopped the vehicle outside Beaurepaires, and was assisted by three young men ''who were able to extract her from the car as the assault was continuing''.

Acting Snr Sgt George praised the three or four young males who came to the victim's assistance, but police still wanted to hear from them in regard to the incident.

The victim was in the care of Women's Refuge, and a man is expected to appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

Early yesterday, a 25-year-old man was knocked unconscious near the entrance to Dunedin Hospital.

Police and hospital security staff assisted the victim, who suffered head and scalp lacerations near the Great King St entrance, shortly after 2am.

Two people were apprehended a short time later, on George St, Acting Snr Sgt Chris George said.

Police had yet to speak to the victim about the incident. He was discharged from hospital yesterday.

One of the men was expected to appear in the Dunedin District Court today charged with injuring with intent.

Extra police staff had been rostered on this weekend due to the festive season, and while Friday night was quiet, the ''steady stream of assaults on Saturday night was disappointing''.

''It is unfortunate that these assaults have occurred.

''I guess the good news is people have been locked up, but it would have been better if they didn't happen in the first place,'' Snr Sgt George saidhamish.

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