John Burnard, riverside, city council, councilman, arrest, domestic violence

RIVERSIDE ( — A Riverside City Councilman has resigned after a recent arrest at Lake Havasu.

Riverside City Councilman John Burnard was arrested in Lake Havasu City, Arizona earlier this month.

According to a redacted police report, a woman claims the councilman strangled her until she was unconscious at their home after she hugged someone at a bar. The report says another woman stepped into help and the councilman strangled her, too.

Officers described Burnard as intoxicated, blowing a .17 —  double the legal limit.

This week, Mayor Rusty Bailey announced the councilman’s resignation, reading a letter he received from Burnard.

letter john burnard Riverside City Councilman Resigns After Domestic Violence ArrestThat letter reads in part: “… I have faced challenges of a personal nature that have affected both my physical health and my immediate family.

“Unfortunately, I cannot devote the time and the energy that my family and my health require while also serving in the City Council.”

Burnard had not responded to CBS2/KCAL9’s request for comment at the time of this report.

According to police, he has no prior domestic assault history.


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