Two men from Summerford have been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges in connection with a disturbance at Legends Bar.
According to the RCMP, members of the Gander detachment responded to a report of a disturbance around 2 a.m. this morning. On arrival, they saw a bouncer trying to remove a man who asked police for assistance getting the man off a deck and out of the bar.
The RCMP said when the officer approached the man, he began to swear and fight with him. He was advised he was under arrest and removed from the deck area to the parking lot.
However, the police say when the officer attempted to arrest him, several of his "cohorts" jumped the officer and began to fight and obstruct him from completing the arrest. A third person, according to the RCMP, then jumped on the officer's back and began to choke him.
After fighting to get away from the three, the RCMP said the officer used pepper spray to attempt to subdue the man being arrested.
The spray had no effect and, again, people began to surround the officer. An off duty military person identified himself to the police officer and offered his assistance. Together they were able to arrest the man and get the gathering crowd to move back from the area.
The accused was taken into custody.
Another police officer who responded to the scene, chased a second man and after another struggle, this person was also taken into custody.
Morris Manual Anstey, 38, of Summerford has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, causing a disturbance and rescuing another person from arrest under Section 147 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Mark Rideout ,35, of Summerford has been charged with assaulting a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, escaping custody, causing a disturbance and uttering threats.
Both men were scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.