A Waurn Ponds man has been charged with serious driving offences after scattering patrons outside a Port Fairy hotel early Saturday morning.
Detective Senior Constable Craig Wastell, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the 24-year-old handed himself in to police on Saturday afternoon, was interviewed, charged and bailed to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on April 15.
He was charged with reckless conduct endangering life and associated offences.
Police allege there was an altercation involving two groups outside Port Fairy's Caledonian Hotel about 1am Saturday.
"A large group of patrons exited the hotel on to the road. One man left the hotel and got in a vehicle and was travelling east on Bank Street towards the people on the road," Detective Senior Constable Wastell said.
"Some were forced to take evasive action to get out of the way of the vehicle.
"One man was struck and suffered minor injuries."
The detective said the driver of the white Ford Ranger turned right into Barclay Street and right into Cox Street before colliding with a light pole at the intersection of Cox and James streets.
"The driver has then reversed and left the accident scene, dumping the vehicle a short distance away," Detective Senior Constable Wastell said.
"The driver has attended at the Warrnambool police station on Saturday afternoon.
"He was interviewed, charged and bailed to attend at the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on April 15."
Detective Senior Constable Wastell requested any witnesses contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.