Methuen officer pleads not guilty to role in brawl
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) -- A Methuen police officer who allegedly flew into a rage, dragged a woman by the hair, and punched a security guard in the mouth during a brawl at a Salisbury bar has pleaded not guilty.
Shawn Tardif was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the alleged victim at his arraignment in Newburyport District Court on Tuesday on charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property.
Police say tension between two parties escalated into a fight after the woman allegedly threw a drink at Tardif's wife. DJ equipment was also damaged. Tardif said he reacted to someone grabbing his wife.
The Eagle-Tribune reports that the investigation continues and more charges are possible.
Methuen Chief Joseph Solomon has placed Tardif on paid administrative leave.