CIRCUIT COURT — A Mechanic Street man was ordered held on $200 cash and $20,000 personal recognizance bail for allegedly pushing his girlfriend out of a moving car last Sunday.
Thomas Coelho, 35, is charged with one felony count of reckless conduct, one misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, and one misdemeanor count of simple assault.
According to Laconia Police affidavits, at 7:15 p.m. on December 8, Coelho and his girlfriend had gotten into an verbal argument so she left their home and went to Sanborn Park to hide from him.
She told police he found her and because he had their two children in the back seat of his SUV she got in the truck with him.
Once inside, he allegedly said "I've got you now, you're not going anywhere."
The victim said she told Coelho she wanted to leave him.
She said he hit the unlock button on the car doors but when she tried to climb into the back seat he physically stopped her. She told police he opened her door and pushed her out of the SUV somewhere in the area of Mechanic and Manchester Street.
The woman called a female friend and stayed with her for the evening. She said she returned to their apartment at 8 a.m. on Monday to retrieve her things but Coelho scared her to the point where she got into his SUV. She said the two children were in the back.
Coelho said she surreptitiously called 911 and left her phone off the hook in the hopes police would find her. The couple then went to Elm Street School to drop of their children and Coelho brought them into school.
She said she called 911 and stayed in the SUV until they returned home. She said Coelho parked his SUV behind her Chrysler, blocking its exit, so she locked herself in her own car until police arrived. No arrest was made at that time.
On December 10, at 3:45 p.m. the alleged victim's friend filed a written statement regarding the events of December 8 and said when she went to pick up her friend, one of the children told her that "mommy got thrown out of the car."
The friend told police that the alleged victim was bruised and had a bloody elbow on December 8.
With the new information, police went to Coehlo's house and arrested him.
Coelho was arraigned Thursday morning in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Divsion. In his bail order, Judge Jim Carroll learned that the alleged victim and the two children would be staying in a different community so he ordered that Coelho, should he post bail, not have contact with her unless it was by telephone and it was regarding the children.
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