HAVERHILL — A Haverhill police officer who was demoted in 2004 and nearly lost his job is being held without bail on charges of stalking his estranged wife and the man she is dating.
Patrolman Victor “Manny” Pellot was arrested by state police Wednesday night after he allegedly chased the couple through the city in his personal vehicle, confronting them at one point, and then continuing the chasing on Interstate 495.
Pellot’s wife and the man she is dating told a state police investigator that at one point during the chase, Pellot stopped his car in front of their car on Main Street, blocking them in. 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 had happened, police said.
Pellot, 50, of Haverhill was arraigned on two counts of stalking yesterday in Newburyport District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Assistant District Attorney Nathaniel Sears asked Judge Peter Doyle to hold Pellot until a hearing on Monday where a judge will decide whether he should continue to be held as a danger to society or be released pending a probable cause hearing.
Pellot’s lawyer, Douglas Louison of Boston, objected. He said there were conditions of release that would ensure the safety of the public.
Louison said Pellot surrendered his gun and his police identification to Haverhill police Wednesday night, and that his father would turn in his license to carry a firearm to Haverhill police following yesterday’s hearing. Pellot’s parents and his brother were in the courtroom yesterday.
“He is a Haverhill police officer with a 29-year unblemished record,” Louison said, noting Pellot’s wife declined taking out a restraining order against him.