A vicar from Gosberton has been injured after being targeted in a road rage attack in nearby Quadring.
The Rev Ian Walters was punched in the face more than once during the attack on the A152 on Tuesday evening.
He was driving on the A152 at about 8.30pm when the incident happened.
Mr Walters was found on the side of the road by an off-duty police officer, who was driving by shortly afterwards, and required treatment for minor injuries at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.
Police are treating the incident as a hate crime as Mr Walters was ‘in uniform’ and the offender allegedly made verbal reference to it at the time of the assault.
The suspect, a 64-year-old man from Gosberton, was arrested on suspicion of racially/religiously aggravated assault and taken to Boston custody suite. He was later released on a short bail for medical reasons and will return to Boston police station tomorrow (Friday).
A spokesman for the Lincolnshire Diocese said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Walters and we wish him a very speedy recovery.”