Pellot is due to appear in court again June 28. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest and will remain so for the duration of the case, David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, said yesterday.
Pellot has surrendered his police service weapon and a private gun, as well as his license to carry a gun. He was released from custody five days after his arrest on condition that he wear an electronic monitoring device; stay at least 100 yards away from his wife and her boyfriend, with the exception of attending court proceedings, including divorce proceedings; that he seek counseling through the police department’s Employee Assistance Program; and that he not leave Massachusetts while his case is pending.
Doreena Pellot has said she intends to assert her marital privilege and not testify against her husband if called as a witness.
She and Ratte told police that at one point during the Feb. 27 chase, Victor Pellot stopped his car in front of their car on Main Street, blocking them from moving. They said Victor 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.
Prior incidents between Pellot, his wife and her boyfriend were detailed in a March court hearing. A prosecutor said Pellot followed them on several occasions and also confronted them, and that he left them angry, threatening and profanity-laced voice mail messages —including one in which Pellot said he would kill his wife — and that he also sent threatening text messages.
Pellot has been commended several times during a police career that began in 1985. He is credited with running into a burning building on Winona Avenue in January 2000 and saving the life of an 83-year-old woman. He also was part of a team of officers that ended two armed standoffs without firing their guns. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999, becoming the city’s first Hispanic superior officer.