A man has been arrested following a violent incident that left a good Samaritan in hospital.
Police had been hunting a hitch-hiker following an aggravated robbery at Whakaki, on State Highway 2 near Wairoa.
An injured motorist had been found on the side of the road just before 11pm on Sunday night.
Detective Sergeant Daniel Kirk said today a 46-year-old Tauranga man had been arrested in Hastings in relation to the assault of a man, and theft of his car.
The arrested man has been charged with aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and will appear in the Hastings District Court tomorrow.
A vehicle has been recovered, Kirk said.
"I would like to personally thank the public who played a significant role in assisting police to identify and locate the alleged offender."
The injured man remains in Hawke's Bay Hospital and will require ongoing treatment for his injuries, Kirk said.