“Our officers placed Mr. DeSimone under arrest for assault and domestic violence, and he was booked into Maricopa County Jail last night,” said Sgt. Joe Tranter.
Tranter said the lawmaker was accused of hitting his wife.
“She had some minor lacerations — insider her lip, inside her mouth, where she said she had been struck,” Tranter said.
Emily DeRose, spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, said, “It is our understanding that Representative DeSimone intends to resign upon his release. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” DeRose said. She said it is too early to discuss who might succeed him.
The District 11 Democrat had been campaigning to retain his seat, won as a first termer in the 2006 election.