ROCKINGHAM — Police say a man rammed two officers with his car and damaged a police cruiser outside a nightclub early Sunday.
Rockingham police arrested 27-year-old Bryant O’Neal Rivers of 214 West Drive, Albemarle, outside the G-Spot Sports Bar at 651 McNair Road. Officers approached Rivers after arriving at the club to investigate a disturbance call.
Police say Rivers refused to get out of his car when officers asked him to do so. He then struck Officer F.K. Smith and Sgt. Hunter Thomas with the car, according to magistrate’s orders.
Police Chief Billy Kelly said Monday that Smith and Thomas were not seriously injured and did not require hospital care.
Charging documents state that Rivers also damaged a Rockingham Police Department patrol car.
The G-Spot was holding its weekly Grown & Sexy Saturdays event with DJ Starchild when police were called, according to the club’s Facebook page.
The private club obtained permits to sell malt beverages and mixed drinks on-site in November 2012, N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission records show.
Rivers was released from prison in April 2011 after serving a 5-year, 1-month sentence on Stanly County convictions of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and second-degree burglary, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. He completed his parole in January 2012.
State records also show Rivers was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering in Stanly County in August 2004. He received probation on those charges.
Rockingham police charged Rivers with three counts of resisting a public officer, two counts of assault on a government official or employee and one count of causing injury to real property.
Rivers was released from the Richmond County Detention Center on Monday after posting a $4,500 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 11.