Detectives recommend charging Sen. Bundgaard with assault

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police detectives are recommending that state Sen. Scott Bundgaard be charged with assault following an alleged domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend.

According to police, Bundgaard and Aubry Ballard argued while driving home after the Dancing with the Stars Arizona charity event Feb. 25, but they offered conflicting accounts on what else happened that night on State Route 51.

Investigators said both Bundgaard and Ballard, who had been together for about seven months, had marks indicative of a physical altercation.

Due to legislative privilege, Bundgaard was not arrested the night of the incident. However, Ballard was booked into jail, charged with one count of assault.

The charge was dismissed prior to her release from jail, but city prosecutors can re-file the charge against her if they deem it appropriate.

After completing their investigation, detectives requested that Bundgaard be charged with one count of assault for his involvement in the incident, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
They have submitted their report to the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office. 

A Republican caucus removed Bundgaard from his position as Senate majority leader two weeks after the incident.