THE assault of a 61-year-old woman in the car park of Oakey Hospital sparked a police search for her assailant yesterday.
Oakey police officer-in-charge Sergeant John Cook said the Oakey woman was allegedly hit on the head during the unprovoked attack about 11am.
Police later located a man, a woman and a vehicle they had been travelling in at the Oakey Supa IGA supermarket car park.
"The car was searched and stolen property was located in the car," Sgt Cook said.
He said the stolen item was a traffic sign.
A 50-year-old Nambour man was charged with assault, stealing and two counts of disqualified driving.
He said police were already on the lookout for the vehicle after an earlier disturbance at the Gowrie Hotel.
However, no charges were laid from that incident.
Oakey Health Service director of nursing Matt Boyd confirmed a visitor had been involved in a "road rage" type incident in the hospital car park.
"After the incident the woman came into the hospital and staff members responded and provided assistance," Mr Boyd said.
"We extend our sympathy to the woman involved in the incident."
The Nambour man is due to appear in Oakey Magistrates Court on August 10.