A local judge has dropped domestic assault charges for Nashville-based developer David Chase, according to multiple local media sources.
Judge Steve Dozier dismissed the charges after the district attorney’s office said it would no longer pursue the matter.
Chase, 38, was charged following a June 2014 incident involving ex-girlfriend Lauren Bull.
According to court records, the domestic violence and strangulation charges — and accusations of vandalism and interfering with a 911 call — were dismissed Wednesday.
Relatedly, Chase (pictured) is still facing a pending DUI charge.
Chase was part of a local investor group that plans a Virgin Hotel project in Midtown. He stepped aside from that role last September to address his legal troubles.
The dropped charges come as Dean Chase, David Chase’s father and chairman and CEO of D.F. Chase (which will serve as the project’s general contractor and has members who are part of the development team), told the Post Tuesday the plan is to begin on-site grading work within 120 days. (Read more here.)
It is unclear what David Chase’s future role might be with the development team.
In the wake of a domestic assault arrest that led to a controversial decision by a judge, developer David Chase has filed a federal lawsuit against the Metro Police Department.
Chase's lawsuit claims that his former girlfriend, Lauren Bull, was friends with at least one of the police officers who arrested Chase and "officers may have participated for purposes of furthering personal agendas relating to Bull."
The lawsuit, filed by Chase's attorneys Philip Robertson and J. Thomas Smith, alleges that Metro police Chief Steve Anderson, in a seven-page letter critical of Moreland's intervention that was widely reported by local media, "recklessly published false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Chase." Anderson is not named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and an unspecified amount in punitive damages.
The Tennessean reports that negotiations are taking place in an effort to have David Chase step down as lead developer for an investor group hoping to undertake a Virgin hotel project near the Music Row Roundabout.
Chase (pictured) is facing legal difficulties after being charged last week with domestic assault, among other charges.
Chase is executive vice president of Nashville-based D.F. Chase Inc., which is slated to serve as general contractor for the hotel project.
Originally, the on-site work was to have begun this summer, with the hotel (a rendering for which has yet to be released) to have opened in mid-2016. It is unclear how Chase’s situation will adversely affect the project.
Nashville-based contractor David Chase has been arrested and charged with domestic assault, aggravated assault by strangulation, vandalism and interference with a 911 call, as first reported by The Tennessean. Chase, of D.F. Chase Inc., and some investors recently created NV Music Row LLC to buy Music Row property on which to develop a 240-room Virgin hotel. Read more here.
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