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Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said a 26-year-old woman was discharged from Dunedin Hospital about 2pm on Saturday.
She then walked into Great King St and allegedly assaulted a member of the public, Snr Sgt Bond said.
The woman was restrained by hospital staff until police arrived to arrest her.
Vanessa Constable appeared in court on a charge of assault with intent to injure yesterday, and will appear again on May 27.