A 37-year-old Aztec man was arrested March 4 after refusing to pay for lap dances at a local strip club, and then drunkenly driving his van three feet into the Flora Vista business.
At around 1 a.m. March 4, deputies were called to the Flora Vista strip club after employees reported that someone had driven into the side of building with a van, Truby said. Deputies were provided a description of the van and a possible license plate number, and arrested Charley before arriving at Tom Katz.
When deputies later arrived at the club, they learned Charley had been there and was receiving lap dances from some of the female dancers. When Charley refused to pay for some of the dances, bouncers began to escort him out of the building.
Charley "became belligerent and attempted to hit one of the bouncers," Truby said. Once outside the building, Charley paid for his dances and got into his van to leave.
The bouncers went back into the building when they heard a loud crash.
"Witnesses heard a loud noise, looked over and the doors were almost pushed open and there was a lot of light coming through," Truby said. "That's when (Charley) backed up his van and started driving at the building again."
One bouncer was forced to jump inside an office near the front doors when Charley rammed the entrance. The van eventually came to a stop nearly three feet inside the strip club.
Charley then backed out of the club and drove toward Aztec.
Truby said the incident was a rare occurrence, noting the damage to the building was estimated to be $1,000.