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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:04 pm

State Sen. Scott Bundgaard should be charged with assault in a reported case of domestic violence involving an ex-girlfriend, Phoenix police said Thursday.

Authorities have completed their investigation and submitted reports to city prosecutors with a recommendation that Bundgaard be charged with assault, according to a statement.

The prosecutors' office said officials were reviewing the matter and had no immediate comment.

Bundgaard was not taken into custody the night of the Feb. 25 confrontation on State Route 51 in north Phoenix because of a state constitutional privilege that generally prohibits arresting lawmakers during legislative sessions, the police statement said.

Bundgaard declined immediate comment, saying he hasn't seen the reports, which were released to reporters under previously filed public records requests.

His ex-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, released a statement saying she was vindicated by the police reports and hoped to put the incident behind her.

Ballard was arrested and jailed overnight, but an assault charge against her was dismissed.

Bundgaard and Ballard have said they argued while driving home from a charity event, but their accounts differ on what left bruises and cuts on each of them.

Republican senators reacted to the domestic violence report by removing Bundgaard as Senate majority leader.

A Democratic senator filed an ethics complaint against Bundgaard, but the Senate Ethics Committee dismissed it last week on a party line vote. The panel's chairman said he didn't want anything his committee did to taint a possible criminal case against Bundgaard and Senate ethics proceedings could start anew later.

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