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PEMBROKE — A Pembroke police officer is recovering after being stabbed by an intoxicated man he was attempting to arrest on Thursday night, according to police Sgt. Matt Locklear.

Officer Timothy Ryan Locklear, who joined the force in January 2013 and also works as a firefighter, was treated for severe cuts on his torso and thigh and released from Southeastern Regional Medical Center Thursday night, Sgt. Locklear said.

“The officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, which prevented the injuries from being any more serious than they were,” Sgt. Locklear said, noting the officer received several staples in his leg.

Officer Locklear was responding to a call about an intoxicated man “creating a disturbance” in Strickland Heights, a public housing complex on Roberts Avenue, at about 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Locklear said.

Charles William Christie Jr., 48, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, being intoxicated and disruptive and damaging personal property for cutting Officer Locklear’s vest, uniform and lapel microphone cord.

“Our officers face uncertainty every time they respond to a call,” Police Chief Grant Florita said. “Officer’s safety is always my No. 1 concern for my officers.”

Christie, who lives on Aaron Road, has been placed in the Robeson County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond.

Christie was charged in 2006 and 2012 with assaulting a female and in 1988 was convicted of disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and damaging personal property.

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