Former Tallahassee Mayor Facing Battery Charges in Bay County

A former Tallahassee mayor is being accused of domestic battery in Bay County.

Bay County Sheriff's deputies arrested 70-year-old Frank Visconti around midnight Sunday night off Highway 79 in West Bay. According to reports, Visconti and his 42-year-old girlfriend were on their way back from a weekend in Destin when they allegedly got into an argument.

Beach Police say they answered 2-calls involving the couple at a gas station and a restaurant near the corner of Back Beach Road and Highway 79. Sheriff's officials got involved around 11 p.m., when a deputy found Visconti's SUV pulled off the road near the West Bay Bridge. Officials tell NewsChannel 7, they found Visconti standing outside the vehicle with visible cuts and bruises.

The girlfriend was sitting inside the SUV, shivering in wet clothes. The woman claims Visconti hit her several times as they were driving, and when she jumped out of the vehicle, he allegedly pushed her into a ditch and held her in the water. According to the report, Visconti was slightly intoxicated. A judge released him on his own recognizance Monday afternoon. Visconti is facing one count of Battery

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