Atlantic Beach mayor turns herself in on assault charge

*UPDATE: The charge against Retha Pierce has been dimissed by Judge Margie Livingston because Carolyn Cole failed to show up to court, as did the prosecuting officer from Atlantic Beach.

Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce turned herself in at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

Pierce faces a charge of Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, after Atlantic Beach Councilwoman Carolyn Cole says she was assaulted by Pierce on April 8 after a special called meeting for the town.

Cole says Pierce slammed into her and threw water on her, causing stitches from a recent surgery to come loose.

Pierce is expected to have a bond hearing Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

She made no comment as she walked in to the detention center.

The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a sentence of 30 days in jail or a maximum of a $2,000 fine.

Normally, when an elected official is charged with a crime, the Governor could suspend him or her from office pending the outcome. But in this case, Pierce lost the May 2012 . Earlier this month


a judge dismissed her appeal of the results. The winner, Jake Evans, has not been sworn in. The town hasn't said when that will be.

Pierce has been arrested several times over the years. She is awaiting trial on a charge of driving under the influence. A City of Conway official said a trial date has not been set but the trial will happen this summer.

She's also been found guilty in the past of driving left of center and resisting arrest.