Atlantic Beach Mayor arrested, again

Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce

The Mayor of Atlantic Beach has been arrested for the second time in less than five months.

Mayor Retha Pierce is behind bars at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Around 1:00 Friday afternoon, Atlantic Beach Police say Mayor Pierce was driving on Highway 17 in the town when she side swiped a car. Authorities say both cars pulled over, a then passenger got out of Pierce's car, checked the damage, got back in the car, and that's when they say Pierce drove off.

Police say there were multiple witnesses that confirm it was Pierce driving the car.

The Mayor was arrested around 8 pm, Friday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and cited for having no proof of insurance.

A spokesman on Mayor Pierce's behalf says Pierce was the one that was hit and that the driver of the other car drove off before coming back.

NewsChannel 15 will be in Atlantic Beach Saturday to get more on this story.