Winston-Salem police officer resigns after fight at bar

Posted on: 3:59 pm, March 5, 2013, by , updated on: 04:03pm, March 5, 2013

Left to right: Michael Christopher Hodges and Corey Grier Parker, both 23, and of Forsyth County (Winston-Salem PD)

Left to right: Michael Christopher Hodges and Corey Grier Parker, both 23, and of Forsyth County (Winston-Salem PD)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer has resigned after authorities said he was involved in a fight at a downtown bar.

Authorities said Corey Grier Parker and former officer Michael Christopher Hodges, both 23, assaulted a man near Burke Street Pub at 1110 Burke St. around 1 a.m. on Feb. 21.

Police said a 21-year-old Kernersville man told them he had been assaulted by Parker inside the bar after a verbal disagreement.

Authorities said the suspects and victim left and encountered each other a short time later in the parking lot of the Burke Street Pizza at 1140 Burke Street.

The victim reported that he was assaulted by both suspects, being kicked and punched. Police said he had injuries to his face and was treated and released for a “serious injury.”

Authorities said Hodges had served more than two years as a patrol officer with the Winston-Salem Police Department. He was off-duty at the time of this incident.

Officials said submitted his resignation on Sunday and is no longer with the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Parker and Hodges were each charged with assault inflicting serious injury. Parker was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond and Hodges on a $1,500 unsecured bond.

Both suspects have court planned for May 13.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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