Assault charges against former Pitt County deputy dismissed - WNCT

Assault charges against former Pitt County deputy dismissed

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Friday morning a Pitt County judge dismissed the simple assault charge against former Deputy Robert Brooks.

Brooks' defense attorney tells 9 On Your Side that Daniel Vaughan, the former state trooper who filed the charges against Brooks, did not appear in court today. The judge then dismissed the case.

The charge was filed in March by Vaughan nearly a month after a Valentine's day bar fight. Investigators say Brooks and fellow Deputy Joe Reason got into a fight with the former Highway Patrol trooper at A.J. McMurphy's in Greenville.

Brooks' defense attorney believes no future action will be taken against Brooks.

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A former Pitt County deputy is now charged, nearly a month after a Valentine's Day bar fight.

Court papers show Deputy Robert Brooks faces a misdemeanor simple assault charge.
     
He and fellow deputy Joe Reason were suspended after getting into a fight with a former Highway Patrol trooper in mid-February. Investigators say it happened at A.J. McMurphy's in Greenville.
     
At the scene, police seized a deputy badge and ID, along with a handgun.

Brooks has since resigned.

He's scheduled to be in court on April 12th.

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Two deputies have been suspended after a weekend altercation with a former Highway Patrol trooper.

They're identified as Deputy Robert Brooks and Deputy Joe Reason. The pair are on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

The alleged incident happened at A.J. McMurphy's on Turbury Drive in Greenville just before 1:00 a.m. Friday.

A police report identifies the victim as Daniel Vaughan of Winterville, a former state trooper.

Police seized a Pitt County deputy sheriff badge and identification, along with a 9mm Glock handgun, as part of the investigation. It lists simple assault and communicating threats as the offenses.

No arrests were made and the case was closed.

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