A  man has been charged in the assault of an RCMP officer from the Spirit River, Alta., detachment.

The officer, who was on patrol alone, was hurt in an altercation that ensued Wednesday during a stop of the suspect’s vehicle, RCMP say. While details remain unclear, it appears the officer was left in the ditch after being injured during the confrontation.

The suspect, 62, was later arrested without incident at a rural residence near Wanham, Alta., on Thursday afternoon.

The accused, who made his first appearance before a justice of the peace in Grande Prairie on Friday, has been charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 21 to enter a plea.

The accused has a criminal record, including conviction on two counts of obstructing a peace officer in Oct. 2002. He was also charged in 2003 under the Wildlife Act with causing animals distress.

The officer remains in stable condition, RCMP say.

Wanham is about 480 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.