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Ex-Salem cop indicted for assault of pursuit suspect
Joseph Freda, 33, of Salem, is facing two counts of simple assault by an on-duty law enforcement officer for allegedly striking Thomas Templeton in the head with a flashlight on Oct. 6, according to state prosecutors.
A grand jury returned the indictments against Freda in Rockingham County Superior Court.
The indictments come just days after Templeton, 40, of York, Maine, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.
Prosecutors say the assault happened moments after a state trooper and Windham police sergeant had arrested Templeton after a high-speed pursuit.
Templeton drove along Veterans Memorial Parkway in Salem in the opposite lane, and later onto Main Street where he was apprehended in a wooded area near the Massachusetts state line by state and local police, according to court records.
Freda was fired by the town on Jan. 21. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail. He will be arraigned on the charges April 24 in superior court.
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