The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) has laid charges against a Northumberland County resident following an assault on an officer.

On March 21, 2021, shortly before 1:00 a.m., an officer from the Quinte West Detachment had conducted a traffic stop of a pick-up truck on Highway 14, just west of Highway 62 in Quinte West. The officer’s cruiser was struck by the other vehicle and the officer suffered stab wounds in an assault. The officer is recovering in hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. 

At approximately 9:00 a.m. that morning, following an extensive search with the assistance of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit, OPP Aviation Services, Durham Regional Police Air Support Unit (ASU) and the Belleville Police Service, the accused was arrested without incident.

Charles PARKINSON, 26 years old of Northumberland County has been charged with Attempt to commit murder contrary to section 239(1)(b) of the Criminal Code and Disarming a peace officer contrary to section 270.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

The accused has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court by video on March 25, 2021.

Any person with information regarding this incident or the person responsible is asked to contact the Quinte West OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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