POLITICS
06/28/2011 06:23 EDT | Updated 08/28/2011 05:12 EDT

Patt Pimm, B.C. MLA, Resigns After Arrestest In Domestic Dispute

CBC — A B.C. MLA has resigned from the Liberal caucus after being taken into police custody on the weekend following a domestic dispute.

Pat Pimm, the member for Peace River North, resigned from caucus and resigned his post as parliamentary secretary effective immediately, the B.C. Liberal government caucus said in a release late Monday.

Pimm was taken into custody Sunday by Fort St. John, B.C., RCMP, spent the night in custody and was released Monday morning.

"I was involved in a dispute with my wife that led to police involvement," Pimm said in the caucus release.

He said he decided to take a leave from caucus and resign his role as a parliamentary secretary for the minister of energy and mines.

"It's time for me to work on family and personal issues," said Pimm.

A rookie MLA in a traditionally safe Liberal riding, Pimm said he had no intention to resign his seat.

Liberal caucus chair Ron Cantelon said Pimm will sit as an independent.