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Wife of outgoing Carolina Beach police chief charged with assault

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Election Night held some drama in Carolina Beach. It's only now come to light with the arrest of the outgoing police chief's wife.

Darlene Younginer is accused of communicating threats and assault on a government official.

Alicia Lachance resigned last week as the Ocean Rescue Director for Carolina Beach. That may have something to do with an incident that happened a week before.

On Election Night Police Chief William Younginer's wife Darlene allegedly confronted Lachance in front of town hall.

"From what I understand she became very agitated, threatened to strangle her, kill her, and then when she was leaving, as the chief was standing there, hit her on the left arm, leaving bruising," Lachance's attorney Julia Boseman said.

Lachance was on duty when it happened, but she didn't go to the magistrate to get a warrant right way. She waited until Saturday, 12 days after the alleged assault.

Boseman says there's a reason lachance waited so long.

"She was told, her superiors had asked her to wait and they would handle it internally," Boseman said. "And then nothing was done, then the resignation happened."

Town Manager Tim Owens confirms that the town attorney was investigating these allegations, but ultimately the town did not take any action.

Wednesday Lachance resigned and Chief Younginer retired. The town reportedly investigated allegations of an affair between the chief and Lachance, but found no evidence.

Boseman says Lachance is not commenting on the affair allegations. She's just focusing on the assault right now.

Darlene Younginer was served with a warrant for the charges yesterday. Her court date is December 12.

We tried to get in touch with Chief Younginer and his wife, but we were unable to reach them.

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