Suspicious person assaults investigating police officer in Espanola


On April 20, 2020, between 9:47 p.m. and 10:21 p.m., members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to two separate complaints of suspicious activity in Espanola.

As a result of the investigations, David Eccleston, 34-year-old from Webbwood, was charged with the following:

  • Resist Peace Officer contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code (CC),
  • Assault a Peace Officer contrary to section 270(1)(a) of the CC, and
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order – other than to attend court contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice – Bail Court (video conferencing) in Sudbury, on April 22, 2020.


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