A police officer is in hospital with facial injuries after his radio was smashed into his face in Hawke's Bay.
Clive community constable, Alan Daly, stopped two people in a car northeast of Hastings, after being alerted to a possible stolen vehicle following a shoplifting spree in Napier.
Hastings Area Commander, Inspector Dean Clifford, says a man in the car king-hit Mr Daly from behind.
Mr Clifford says the second occupant, a woman, then stomped on him and hit him with the radio.
Two people have since been arrested.