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Haverhill

March 5, 2013

Patrolman free while facing stalking charges

Must wear electronic bracelet after allegedly chasing wife and her boyfriend

HAVERHILL — Patrolman Victor “Manny” Pellot sat quietly during nearly two hours of testimony yesterday, waiting for a judge to decide whether Pellot was a danger to his wife and her boyfriend and should be held without bail.

Pellot appeared eager and excited when the judge ordered him to report to probation immediately to be fitted with an electronic tracking device before he was allowed to leave the courthouse.

Pellot, 50, a 29-year member of the Haverhill Police Department, nodded vigorously at the judge’s order, saying, “I’m going right now!”

In the back of the courtroom, Pellot’s family members smiled and appeared to be happy.

Pellot of Haverhill was arraigned Thursday in Newburyport District Court where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of stalking. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing yesterday. Following last Thursday’s hearing, Pellot’s lawyer said he was placed on administrative leave by the Haverhill Police Department. David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, said Pellot has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his court case.

Pellot was arrested by state police the night of Feb. 27, after he allegedly chased his estranged wife and her boyfriend through the city in his personal vehicle, confronting them at one point, and then continuing the chase on Interstate 495. The couple said that at one point during the chase, Pellot stopped his car in front of their car on Main Street, blocking them from moving. They said Pellot then walked to the side of their vehicle and punched the side view mirror, while yelling at his wife. The chase continued onto I-495 south, police said. After the couple called 911 to report they were victims of “road rage,” a state trooper told them to drive to the Methuen Police Department to report what happened, police said.

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