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Man hospitalized after beating in Nanaimo

One man was hospitalized after he was seriously beaten on the weekend.

The assault happened Sunday shortly before 2:30 a.m. near the corner of Wallace and Campbell streets in downtown Nanaimo.

Witnesses told police a man jumped out of a passing car and began assaulting the victim, 30, who was kicked in the head once he was on the ground.

"He was knocked unconscious and suffered significant facial and head injuries," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

"He was taken to hospital for a CT scan and was actually intubated for a while."

The victim was out celebrating his birthday.

O'Brien said a witness was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle the assailant left in, which helped police track him down.

He was arrested at his home at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The suspect, 19, was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court at a future date to face a recommended charge of assault causing bodily harm.

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