A senior councillor has been charged with attempted murder.
Douglas Hellier-Laing, 67, a cabinet member of the Conservative-led council in Teignbridge, Devon, was charged after a woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police were called to Clifford Street, Chudleigh, on Sunday amid reports of concern for the woman's welfare.
Mr Hellier-Laing did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody at Plymouth Magistrates' Court.
He is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 30 November.
Mr Hellier-Laing is the council's portfolio holder for the economy and tourism.