A man has been charged, while another remains in hospital with serious head injuries after an altercation in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
About 1:50am on Saturday morning, two men became involved in an argument outside a hotel on the Pacific Highway.
It is alleged a 24 year old man punched a 36 year old man causing him to fall to the ground, rendering him unconscious.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.
The younger man had already fled.
The older man was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Coffs Health Campus. He was later airlifted to John Hunter Hospital where he remains with a fractured skull.
Following inquires, it is alleged the younger man had also assaulted two hotel employees.
Just after 8:05am on Monday, the 24 year old man attended Coffs Harbour Police Station and spoke with investigators.
He was arrested and charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, two counts of common assault, offensive conduct, and fail to leave licensed premises.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 30 January 2017.