Gardai are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding a reported assault of a woman on the Mountmellick road early this morning.
Portlaoise Gardai said they are still in the process of establishing the facts and circumstances of the incident.
They could not confirm that the woman had been punched and assaulted in the car as earlier reported. However, nothing has been ruled out.
They also added that the injuries sustained by the woman were not as serious as initially feared.
The woman is understood to be of Latvian origin.
The gardai said they are following a number of lines of enquiry.