Former Long Beach Staffer Arrested Outside Councilwoman’s Home

The former Chief of Staff for Long Beach City Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce was arrested outside the councilwoman’s home last Saturday, hours after the two were questioned for possible DUI and domestic violence.

Here’s what happened:

At around 2:40 a.m., California Highway Patrol approached a stopped vehicle on the side of the 710 freeway. They observed the driver, Jeannine Pearce, and her passenger, former staffer Devin Cotter, engaged in a “heated argument.” Assistance was requested from the Long Beach Police Department for possible domestic violence and driving under the influence. But Pearce passed a field sobriety test and was allowed to go. A friend drove her home.

At around 6 a.m., Cotter showed up at Pearce’s house and another confrontation ensued. Police were called and Cotter was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Records reveal that he also had a warrant for an arrest related to a prior DUI.

Cotter went on paid leave in December of 2016 and officially resigned two months later. The reasons for his departure remain unclear. The warrant for his arrest was issued in March after he failed to meet the terms of a probation sentence for a DUI in 2015.


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