Police chased man through Bideford on Saturday morning before detaining him.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault which took place in Bideford on Saturday morning.
The man was wanted on a recall to prison and was arrested at around 11.45am.
Sgt Paul McWhinnie, neighbourhood team leader, said: “Unfortunately just prior to the man being detained in Cooper Street a member of the public was assaulted.
“We would like to hear from anyone who directly witnessed the assault on this man.”
Witnesses can come forward by contacting police on 101 quoting log 347 of May 28.