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Donald Pillsbury, state trooper who allegedly attacked his wife, is suspended indefinitely without pay

The Massachusetts state trooper arrested for allegedly abusing his wife has been suspended indefinitely without pay, State Police said in a statement.

Donald S. Pillsbury, 42, was suspended following a duty status hearing today at State Police headquarters in Framingham. Pillsbury had pleaded not guilty to assault and battery Thursday after he was arrested in his Brimfield home.

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“The State Police internal affairs section will continue to monitor the criminal proceedings against Pillsbury,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. “We have opened our own internal affairs investigation of Pillsbury as well.”

According to court documents, Pillsbury’s wife, Tracey Pillsbury, told police that the couple had been drinking at a gathering after his grandfather’s wake, then argued in the car while their 19-year-old son drove them home.

After they arrived at the house, Pillsbury broke into the locked bathroom, grabbed his wife from the toilet and swung her into a wall, she told investigators. She hit her head and fell to the floor.

Photographs from State Police showed that the woman had a small cut on her leg, redness on her arm, and a red mark on her scalp. She was taken by ambulance to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge.

She was granted an emergency restraining order against her husband, but Judge Patricia T. Poehler discontinued the order Thursday afternoon after the judge was told the woman no longer felt it was necessary.

Following his arrest, State Police superior officers confiscated Pillsbury’s service pistol, badge, identification, and 25 other firearms, all of which were properly stored. Pillsbury, who was assigned to the department’s K-9 unit, was immediately relieved of duty.

Colin A. Young can be reached at
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