• Southbridge councilwoman arrested for assaulting police officer


    SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A woman who serves on the town council in Southbridge was arrested last week and charged with assault and battery on a police officer.

    On Jan. 22, just after 4:15 p.m., Southbridge police responded to the 2nd floor of 275 Marcy St. There, officers met councilwoman Amelia Peloquin and her parents. Peloquin's mother told police she thought her daughter was having "some type of mental breakdown," according to police.

    While police attempted to get her out of the home, Peloquin bit one of the officers on the upper right part of his arm, with enough force that the bite broke skin through his shirt and undershirt, leaving teeth marks.

    Placed in the back of a police cruiser, Peloquin "started to slam her head into the cage in the cruiser," and managed to slip out of the handcuffs officers had placed on her. When officers opened the door to take her from the cruiser to the police station, officers noticed that actions had broken her glasses in half.

    At the police station, Peloquin, who joined the Town Council in June 2012 and who is a mother of two, according to her Twitter page, was put in a holding cell, where she began to strip off her clothes and hit her head against the cell's toilet.

    After that incident, officers noticed she was bleeding, and had Southbridge emergency medical technicians evaluate. her.

    Southbridge EMS brought Peloquin to Harrington Hospital, where she told staff that she had smoked marijuana, and K2, a synthetic marijuana, or salvia, a hallucinogenic drug.

    Peloquin will be formally charged with resisting arrest and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer on Friday in Dudley District Court.

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