Southbridge, Mass. town councilor facing serious charges

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January 31, 2014, 6:04 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Carosa) - Amelia Peloquin's husband stood in Dudley District Court Friday.

His wife, a Southbridge, Mass. town councilor, is being charged with assault and battery on a police officer and is now undergoing medical treatment.

According to a Southbridge Police report, officers responded to Peloquin's home on Marcy Street last week.

Peloquin's mother had called 911 because she thought her daughter was having a mental breakdown.

Officers wanted to take her to the hospital, but when police tried to get her out of the home, Peloquin allegedly bit one of the officers on the arm.

Fellow town Councilor Esteban Carrasco - who went to high school with Peloquin - says this is completely out of character.

"She always has been known and she has never had any negative experiences that I'm aware of," he says.

The report states once inside the crusier, Peloquin slammed her head into the cage and slipped her hands out of the handcuffs. At one point, she reportedly offered an officer sexual favors to quote "end the event."

"Unfortunately, it is really negative news. It made it to the paper, it made it to press, and it's something that is unfortunate," Carrasco says.

Police say Peloquin was put in a holding cell, where she took off all of her clothing. She then began hitting her head on the toilet, which caused her to bleed.

"There is a lot of chatter about it, there is a lot going on about it," Carrasco says.

Police took Peloquin to Harrington Hospital. While there, allegedly she told staff that she had smoked marijuana, K2 and salvia, which is a hallucinogen.

"We all make mistakes, we're not perfect. But moving forward, I really hope that Amelia is able to move on and bring that experience and help others that are maybe in similar situations," Carrasco says.

Tags: massachusetts, Southbridge, Kristen carosa, Southbridge town councilor, Amelia Peloquin
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