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The Lancaster County Attorney's Office has charged former Husker defensive back Alfonzo Dennard with assaulting an officer and second-offense resisting arrest, both felonies, in connection to an early Sunday traffic stop.

At a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon, Lancaster County Court Judge Timothy Phillips set his bond at $20,000 and ordered him not to drive without an interlock device.

Dennard, of La Vista, said he planned to hire a private attorney. He was jailed over the Christmas holiday.

A Lincoln police officer stopped Dennard at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday near 18th and N streets after seeing expired registration tags on his GMC Yukon.

Police said after learning Dennard's driver's license and insurance card both were expired, they decided to arrest him because he had failed to appear for a traffic ticket in October, according to the affidavit for his arrest.

The officer asked for another officer because of Dennard's previous assault on an officer.

Police said when he was told he was being arrested for driving under suspension, Dennard tensed up, wouldn't let the officer pull his left arm behind his back and said, "Come on, you're a sad individual."

The struggle moved into the middle of the street, and Dennard was able to free his right arm and get back to his SUV, according to police. Several more officers arrived and helped get him into custody at 1:34 a.m. 

Three officers were left with scrapes as a result of the scuffle.

Dennard finished his Husker career in 2011 and was named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year his senior year. A native of Rochelle, Georgia, he was drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots in 2012.

He was projected to be picked between the second and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft, but that didn't happen after he punched a Lincoln police officer a week before the draft.

Dennard got probation, but in 2015 was ordered to spend five days in jail for violating it by failing an alcohol test.

Dennard played three seasons with the Patriots.

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