Police are appealing for information about how a man came to be injured and trying to flag down cars near to the A13 in Basildon.
Officers were called to concerns for the welfare of a man seen in the Swinbourne Road area between 5.30am and 6.40am on Wednesday January 29.
When police attended, they found a man in his 20s who had injuries to his face and had been trying to flag down cars.
Police are investigating the circumstances around how he came to be injured and in that location at that time.
A 24 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and is currently in custody.
If you saw anything, have any CCTV or dash cam footage, or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting incident 146 of 29 January or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.