Police: Mine inspector arrested after fighting with nephew

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Joe Hart. (Source: Arizona Mine Inspector's Office) Joe Hart. (Source: Arizona Mine Inspector's Office)
Joe Hart. (Source: Arizona State Mine Inspector) Joe Hart. (Source: Arizona State Mine Inspector)
KINGMAN, AZ (AP) -

Arizona Mine Inspector Joe Hart has been arrested and accused of domestic violence involving a fight with a male relative.

Kingman police arrested the 73-year-old statewide elected official on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence involving disorderly conduct following an altercation with a 59-year-old nephew.

Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper says both men had bruises and scrapes after fighting Thursday evening and that Hart was the only one arrested because an investigation indicated he started the fight.

A statement released by a daughter of the 73-year-old elected official addressed his arrest Thursday evening. "All parties regret the incident and are hoping to resolve the matter quickly," Trish Hart said Monday.

Police say Hart was arrested after he and a 59-year-old nephew scuffled over a water line leak at a property owned by Hart and occupied by the nephew.

Trish Hart's statement says family members are grateful for what she calls an "outpouring of support" for her father who says has experienced "serious physical health challenges over the past year."

Hart was released from jail Friday. He did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

A former state legislator, Hart is a Republican who was elected as mine inspector in 2006.

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