January 26, 2006
Two incidents broke out last night around and after last call at the bars and one of these incidents involved the assault on a police officer.
It began as an altercation between a male and female inside the club just before last-call. When the bouncers took the female outside the police had to intervene.
It happened in the parking lot of Club Rio on Rio Road just off Rt. 29.
"One of her sisters broke away and while the officers was conducting the arrest, she ran-up behind [one of them] and struck him in the back," said Lead Bouncer of Club Rio, Eric Harris.
In the end three women were taken jail.
"There were various charges on the three ladies, included: felonious assault upon a police officer, drinking under age, as well as disorderly conduct," said Lt. John R. Teixeira Albemarle County Police Department.
On Wednesdays, Club Rio admits people 18 and up has about seven bouncers at a time . They also wand everyone that walks in the door.
"We have [bouncers] strategically placed, one on the stage [in the front of the room]. We have a bouncer here by the bathroom, by this emergency exit, and by the bar. We have a bartender working our upstairs which is our VIP section...and another normally rotates and roams the floor," said Harris.
Outside, Albemarle Police have stepped up patrols in the last few months around businesses late night to prevent incidents like this.
"It's really helpful to us as bouncers when you can escort someone out that's been giving you a problem and you know that the police are out there in the parking lot. Normally if a person is still going once they see the police they calm down and that really really has been helpful," said Harris.
It's been helping, but even the added security can't stop all of the problems.
"We still have circumstances like we did last night, so it's getting better, but it still has a ways to go," said Teixeira
There was a similar incident last night at the Waffle House on Seminole Trail where two men got into a fight and one received formal charges.