A Massachusetts State Police sergeant who is accused of strangling his girlfriend in New Hampshire as she tried to break up with him and subsequently fleeing authorities was arrested over the weekend and relieved of his duties, the authorities said.
Sgt. Bryan Erickson was arrested at his home early Sunday on charges in Exeter, New Hampshire. He was immediately relieved of his duties, according to a spokesperson for the state police. The soldier was taken to Exeter for his reservation and arraignment.
All Erickson State Police equipment was taken away from him when he was relieved of his duties. The agency has scheduled a ministerial hearing for him later this week, during which his service status will be reviewed. A home affairs case was also opened, the spokesperson noted.
“We condemn and have zero tolerance for the alleged actions. We will take the appropriate administrative action as warranted by the outcome of the New Hampshire criminal case and our own internal investigation, ”the spokesperson said.
The 38-year-old from Groveland, Massachusetts faces seven counts, including one count of domestic violence by strangulation, according to an affidavit filed in Rockingham County Superior Court in New Hampshire .
Erickson was assigned to A Troop and earned $ 186,400 last year, the Boston Herald reported.
At around 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, police were dispatched to a Cypress Way home in Exeter after a 911 call hung up, authorities wrote in the affidavit. When dispatch tried to call back the phone number, it went straight to voicemail.
The officer who filed the affidavit said he saw a man closing the garage door when he arrived. Police knocked on the front door of the house and a woman responded, claiming that her boyfriend, who has since been identified as Erickson, assaulted her and “ran away”, according to the records of the court.
The woman Erickson is accused of assaulting invited him to talk about the end of their roughly one-year relationship.
Erickson – who is married to another woman, police noted in the affidavit – is accused of grabbing his girlfriend’s phone because she wouldn’t sit down. Authorities said he then grabbed her, bent her wrist and threw her on a bed.
She tried to walk away, at which point, according to the affidavit, the state soldier went “mad and aggressive”, grabbed her face, held her mouth and threw her to the ground.
The man from Groveland is accused of immobilizing the woman and holding her throat in his hands “so that she can barely breathe and cannot move,” according to court records. Police allege that he then head butted her twice.
The woman then tried to hide in the bathroom and called 911 three times. However, Erickson is accused of hanging up the phone. The victim sustained minor bruises and scratches during the alleged altercation, according to the affidavit.
Erickson, who the victim said was drunk and carried a gun in his Ford F-150 truck, is accused of driving around town and escaping police at 80 mph after activating the hazard lights on their marked patrol cars, according to the affidavit.
“All units have been advised that Erickson could potentially be armed,” the affidavit states. “A 12 hour national arrest and BOLO arrest have been issued for Erickson.”
Officers have stopped pursuing Erickson at the Exeter-Kensington border after failing to stop him before he left town. The victim, however, was able to find a photo of Erickson’s license plate on her phone, which she gave to police, court records show.