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March 5, 2013

Peabody man held in attacks on ex, police

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The woman told them she was leaving. Turgeon seemed to calm down and then offered to drive her to a bus stop, she said.

But once inside his Chevy Silverado truck, the woman told police, Turgeon became violent, at one point wrapping the seat belt around her neck.

He also told her that he knew she wanted to call police but that he “wasn’t going to let that happen,” according to the police report. He also took her glasses, leaving her unable to see where she was going, she said.

The woman began pounding on the window and screaming, hoping that another driver would call 911.

More than three hours after the arrest, when Turgeon had calmed down enough to be booked, he was given a Breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.14, nearly twice the legal limit.

Prosecutor Lars Trautman filed a motion seeking to have Turgeon held without bail as a danger for at least 90 days. The probation department also asked that he be held in custody until a violation hearing for an earlier case.

Judge Michael Lauranzano granted both requests and scheduled a hearing for March 11.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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