VERO BEACH, Florida – A domestic violence charge against Vero Beach police officer Darrell Rivers will not be pursued, according to Indian River County court records.
Rivers, who once ran for sheriff, was arrested by Indian River County sheriff’s deputies Dec. 23 and accused of punching a woman in the face after a Christmas party, according to his arrest affidavit.
The misdemeanor case against Rivers, 47, was closed Tuesday without any formal charges filed by the State Attorney’s Office, according to court records.
Robby Stone, Darrell Rivers’ attorney, said it was the “right thing to do,” calling him “an outstanding police officer” and a fantastic record with the Vero Beach Police Department.
Stone said the woman did not want to prosecute the case.
Officer Megan Dewitt, a spokesperson for the Vero Beach Police Department, said Tuesday that an internal investigation has not concluded.
Rivers was put on paid administrative leave when he was released from jail.
On Jan. 3, Indian River County Judge Joe Wild allowed Rivers to have contact with the woman and return home following a motion from her lawyer.
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