MANATEE - The state attorney's office has declined to pursue criminal charges against state Rep. Mark Flanagan, who was arrested earlier this week on a charge of resisting arrest.
Flanagan, a Republican from Bradenton, was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence by a Manatee County sheriff's deputy after he reportedly refused to tell the deputy where Flanagan's son was. The deputy had been investigating a hit-and-run crash and was looking for the younger Flanagan after a cell phone found at the accident scene received a text message from him, according to sheriff's report.
The deputy wrote in the report that Flanagan resisted to the point that he had to take him to ground to place him handcuffs.
But in a memo issued Thursday, Assistant State Attorney Erica Arend announced her office would not be prosecuting Flanagan.
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"After conferring with law enforcement and reviewing all reports in the matter, the State has determined that no criminal charge will be filed," Arend wrote.