- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) - A Matthews official has been arrested after a domestic incident on suspicion of assault inflicting serious injury.

The Matthews Police Department tells local media that 54-year-old Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Pata was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after officers were called to his home on Friday night.

Police say officers at the scene found a woman who appeared to have injuries stemming from a physical assault. The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries.

According to jail records, Pata was released from jail Monday.

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor tells the Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/1MsMWMw ) that the board of commissioners is considering action regarding Pata’s status as mayor pro tem. Pata can’t be removed from office unless convicted of a crime.

The newspaper could not reach Pata for comment Monday.


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