Three men will appear in the Oamaru District Court today in relation to last night's attack on a police officer in the town.
A 20-year-old Oamaru man will appear on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, excess breath alcohol, failing to accompany a police officer, resisting arrest and aggravated injuring.
Police will oppose bail.
An 18-year-old Oamaru man is facing a charge of aggravated injuring.
Another 18-year-old Oamaru man is facing a charge of theft of a Drager breath testing device. The device was taken during the assault on the officer. It is yet to be recovered.
Two other people have assisted police with their inquiries.
Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said the officer concerned was progressing well and was released from hospital today.
He suffered facial, leg and arm injuries.
"This was an unprovoked attack. In a community like Oamaru, this incident is very unusual and has a big impact," Snr Sgt McCoy said.
Oamaru Police would like anyone who saw the incident to contact them on 03 443 1400.