Local MLA Pat Pimm has announced he has "stepped away" from the B.C. Liberal caucus after allegations have forced him to get a lawyer.
In a brief statement sent Monday afternoon, Pimm said he is staying on as an independent MLA.
“I want to inform my constituents that allegations have been brought against me which require me to obtain legal counsel," Pimm wrote.
"While this matter is being resolved, I have stepped away from the Government Caucus and my role as Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Legislature. I will be remaining on as MLA for Peace River North and sitting in the Legislature as an independent member.”
The nature of the allegations is unclear at this time. A call to Pimm has not been returned and his constituency office in Fort St. John declined further comment.
Pimm announced last November he would not seek re-election in Peace River North.
In June 2011, he briefly resigned from the Liberal caucus after a domestic dispute with his wife landed him a night in jail. Premier Christy Clark later welcomed him back into the fold.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.