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Suspended police chief’s wife says he didn’t assault her

CONCORD — One of Andrea LaCroix’s friends has testified that LaCroix’s husband — Thomas LaCroix, the suspended police chief of Waltham — assaulted Andrea LaCroix last year, slamming her head into a countertop.

Another friend said she saw bruises and swelling on Andrea LaCroix the day after the alleged assault.

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But Andrea LaCroix said Monday that her husband has never attacked her.

“My husband has never laid a hand on me . . . ever.’’ she said in Concord District Court, where he faces charges that he assaulted her and her friend Shannon Policano on June 12, 2012.

Andrea LaCroix testified after Policano told the court Friday that she witnessed Thomas LaCroix slam his wife’s head into a kitchen countertop at the couple’s Maynard home. Policano also testified that LaCroix told her on June 12 last year that, “Tom beat the [expletive] out of me.”

Claire Coen, another friend of Andrea LaCroix, testified Monday that she saw Andrea with a swollen lip and bruises on her body around the time of the alleged assault.

But Andrea LaCroix said that whatever injuries she suffered came because she attacked her husband June 12 last year in the midst of an argument and ended up falling and injuring her tailbone.

‘I elbowed him, pushed him, fell sideways, and fell on my butt. He never hit me.’

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Andrea LaCroix said that the argument started because she had broken a date with her husband the night before, which the couple had set up in order to spend more time together in the midst of their busy schedules.

But the dispute escalated as he drank 10 beers, smashed her laptop, and kicked a ceramic vase, LaCroix testified.

“I elbowed him, pushed him, fell sideways, and fell on my butt,’’ she said, answering a question from defense attorney Thomas Drechsler.

“He never hit me,’’ she said.

LaCroix testified that she had told Policano that she and her husband had argued for eight hours and that she was “sick and tired of beating the subject to death.”

Andrea LaCroix testified on the third day of her husband’s trial. She is scheduled to resume testifying Tuesday.

Thomas LaCroix, who is on paid leave from his job, was arrested June 14 last year by Maynard police. He has pleaded not guilty and is free but wears an ankle monitoring bracelet to make sure he does not go near witnesses in the case.

Coen said Monday that after seeing Andrea’s injuries she went with her to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she was examined.

In cross-examining Coen, Drechsler read from medical records that showed that, other than “tenderness” in Andrea LaCroix’s tailbone, doctors and nurses reported she was physically fine, including her mouth and extremities.

“I did not see them examine her arms or legs,” Coen said, adding she was with LaCroix during the exam except for during an x-ray.

Because Thomas LaCroix has been on paid leave, he has continued to collect his $146,305 annual salary. Last year, he collected $182,358 in salary and benefits, including a $16,814 longevity bonus he received after his arrest, according to city payroll records.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jacklyn.reiss@globe.com.
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