David Braun, 29, faces a felony count of battery on a law enforcement officer after authorities say he attacked a deputy who was attempting to handcuff his younger brother at the Carolina Ale House in Weston.
The incident happened at about 1:45 a.m., shortly before closing time, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Braun was scheduled to work Friday, but spent part of the morning in the Broward County Jail before posting a $1,000 bond and leaving. He did not return a phone message left at his office.
The prosecutor’s 26-year-old brother, who also was arrested, faces three criminal charges– battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest with violence.
According to Michael Diciascio, general manager at the Carolina Ale House, the fight started after Derek Braun, the younger brother, became upset when a bartender refused to serve him multiple alcoholic drinks without seeing identification for everybody getting one.
A sheriff’s deputy on a special detail attempted to escort the irate patron outside, but Derek Braun pushed him, according to the arrest report. That’s when the deputy forced Derek Braun to the ground and attempted to handcuff him, the report states.
Derek Braun fought the deputy, cursing at him and yanking off the deputy’s necklace, according to the arrest report. As the men struggled, a third man began punching the deputy in his back, according to the report.
Witnesses later identified that man as David Braun, an assistant state attorney.
Both brothers were then arrested.
David Braun has been with the Broward State Attorney’s Office since March 2006 and handles felony cases. As of Friday, he was put on leave, said Ron Ishoy, the office’s spokesman.
State Attorney Michael Satz will be requesting that Gov. Charlie Crist assign another prosecutor’s office to handle the case.