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Thrice-arrested T police officer on paid leave

An MBTA Transit Police sergeant was put on paid administrative leave after allegedly assaulting a woman and twice violating a restraining order, resulting in three arrests in less than 48 hours, authorities said Monday.

David Jaime, 29, of Methuen, allegedly assaulted a woman at a Salem, N.H., party and then fled the scene driving a black Dodge Durango at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Lieutenant Ron Peddle of the Salem police said in a statement Monday.

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The assault left the woman with injuries to her head, face, throat, and arms, Peddle said. She was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Officers located the unoccupied Durango later Saturday night at the Haverhill Bank on Main Street in Salem, where it had apparently struck the building, damaging the canopy overhanging the bank’s drive-through and the cement posts that protect propane tanks, Peddle said.

Jaime then allegedly ran out of a wooded area next to the bank and into the side of a police cruiser, and fled on foot, Peddle said.

Officers gave chase and soon reached Jaime, who police say resisted arrest before he was captured, Peddle said.

Medics from the Salem Fire Department examined Jaime at police headquarters, Peddle said, and he was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., where he was treated for injuries sustained in the SUV crash and at the house party.

The hospital released Jaime on Sunday, Peddle said.

Based on Jaime’s relationship with the victim, the state, with assistance from Methuen police, issued an emergency domestic violence protective order, Peddle said.

Jaime was charged with domestic simple assault, criminal trespass, driving under the influence, conduct after an accident, and resisting arrest, Peddle said.

He was released on bail from the hospital.

He was arrested again in Methuen on Monday morning for allegedly violating a restraining order, but was released later in the day, according to Sergeant Leahy of the Methuen police, who declined to give his first name.

It was not clear if that arrest was for violating the protective order issued on Sunday, or a different one.

Jaime returned to Salem later Monday and was arrested for a third time in less than 48 hours, at about 3:30 p.m., for allegedly violating the protective order issued Sunday, Sergeant Jason Smith of the Salem police said Monday.

After that arrest, Jaime was held, with an arraignment set for Tuesday morning, Smith said.

Upon notification of the arrests, MBTA Transit Police placed Jaime on paid administrative leave, said Kelly Smith, an MBTA spokeswoman.

Smith said Jaime was a 2008 graduate of the MBTA Transit Police academy.

She could not answer questions about the charges or address details of potential disciplinary procedures, she said, because it is a personnel matter .

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.
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