KINGMAN, Ariz. — Arizona Mine Inspector Joe Hart has been arrested and accused of domestic violence involving a fight with a male relative, police said Monday.

The 73-year-old statewide elected official was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence involving disorderly conduct following an altercation with a 59-year-old nephew over a water line leak, police said.

Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper said 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.

Cooper said the incident occurred at a property owned by Hart and rented by the nephew.

Hart was released from the Mohave County jail Friday afternoon on his own recognizance.

He did not immediately return a call for comment Monday, but daughter Trish Hart released a statement saying “all parties regret the incident and are hoping to resolve the matter quickly.”

Trish Hart also said family members were grateful for an “outpouring of support” for her father who said has experienced “serious physical health challenges over the past year.” She did not elaborate.

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

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