Mother, son arrested following scuffle

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 26, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
A mother and son were arrested together following a Tuesday traffic stop not far from Carson High School.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of N.C. 152 and Kress Venture Drive, China Grove, when a Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a driver, Brandy Rogers, for not having a permanent registration sticker on her vehicle’s tag.
She told the deputy she knew the vehicle wasn’t registered and to just write her a ticket so she could continue on her way. She was heading to pick up her son from Carson. Rogers gave the deputy a 10-day inspection letter and her driver’s license.
She told the deputy the vehicle had not passed inspection four times and was the only vehicle she had. The deputy wrote Rogers a ticket for failing to register a vehicle and no insurance.
Rogers was told she could not continue to drive and the vehicle needed to be towed. She told the deputy she would drive the car anyway. According to a report, Rogers hit the deputy who was standing in the vehicle’s doorway, with the door.
She was additionally charged with assault on a police officer. The deputy then told Rogers to get out of the vehicle. She refused. He removed her from the vehicle and a struggle ensued to get Rogers into his patrol car.
A young man, later identified as Rogers’ son, Todd Chandler Swink, 17, approached the vehicle. He became hostile toward the officers, who were waiting while the initial officer was treated for injuries incurred during the scuffle.
Swink was asked to calm down multiple times by the deputies.
He jumped at one of the officers and told them he didn’t have to do what they asked.
Swink was arrested for misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer.
Both mother and son were taken to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office. Rogers was given a $1,000 bond and Swink a $500 bond.
See Thursday’s Post for more details.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.