POLICE have arrested a 23-year-old Grovedale man following the stabbing of a high-ranking police member in Batesford overnight.
It's believed the man stabbed the senior sergeant a number of times, before fleeing into a nearby paddock.
The Courier understands the police officer is from Ballarat.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty said the senior sergeant was attacked on the Midland Highway in Batesford, near Geelong, about 9pm.
The officer was travelling from Geelong when he noticed a man and a woman who were arguing inside a car parked on the side of the highway.
After turning his vehicle around to investigate the issue, the officer discovered that the male occupant had exited his car and was standing in the middle of the highway.
The senior sergeant parked his vehicle and approached the man on foot.
The offender has then stabbed the officer multiple times using an unknown weapon, before fleeing into nearby paddocks.
The man was arrested without incident in paddocks nearby the scene just before 1am.
He has been charged with intentionally causing serious injury and is being held in custody before appearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.
The police member is currently in The Alfred hospital in Melbourne in a serious but stable condition.