August 9, 2009 in City

Groom lands in jail

By The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane groom-to-be and two friends ended up in jail after a bachelor party turned into a bar brawl early Sunday, prompting a response from 25 police.

Brandon N. Peterson says despite his arrest, he still has a fiancé waiting for him, and now he just hopes he’ll be able to attend his wedding next weekend.

He says he doesn’t remember much about the fight. “I saw the crowd. I was trying to find my guys, and I couldn’t,” Peterson, 27, said in a jailhouse interview. “I was headed over to ask the cops what was happening. The next thing I remember is them telling me to stop resisting arrest.”

The incident began about 1 a.m. at Goodtymes Pub, 9214 E. Mission, when 22-year-old Shad E. Armstead – one of the bachelor party guests – began jumping up and down on a car in the parking lot, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, a spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Patrons poured out of the bar to stop him, and a fight broke out involving three people. Several spectators stood by and watched.

A deputy who attempted to break up the brawl was surrounded by the men who started shoving him around, Reagan said. That prompted the response of 25 additional law enforcement officers.

The deputy and two of the brawlers were taken to a hospital with cuts and scrapes, authorities said.

Police booked Armstead, Peterson and 24-year-old Kershawn Grigsby, into Spokane County Jail on charges of third-degree assault on law enforcement and intimidation of a public servant, Reagan said. Armstead was additionally charged with malicious mischief.

They will appear in Spokane District Court today.

Grigsby is a groomsman, Peterson said.

Peterson in 2007 was charged with the death of a friend who fell from the back of his pickup during a wedding reception. Those charges were later dismissed.

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