MBTA police officer arrested two more times following house party arrest in Salem
SALEM — An MBTA transit police officer who allegedly assaulted a woman at a Salem house party on Saturday was arrested two more times for stalking and violating a protective order after being freed on bail, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
A judge decided to keep David Jaime, 29, of Methuen, Mass., jailed on $100,000 cash bail on Tuesday after Salem’s police prosecutor argued that Jaime should be held without bail.
“He’s in a position of trust, sworn to uphold the law he’s continued to allegedly violate,” Salem police prosecutor Jason Grosky said. “His behavior shows he can’t or won’t follow court orders, he won’t leave the victim alone, and he poses a significant danger.”
Grosky said Jaime violated a protective order and a stalking order twice within six hours — first in Methuen, Mass., and then in Salem, prompting the two latest arrests.
Jaime was freed on bail Sunday after allegedly hitting three cars and a bank drive-thru canopy as he fled from a house party at Meadow Lane in Salem around 11 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Witnesses told police Jaime assaulted a female guest at the party before fleeing in his black Dodge Durango.
When police arrived at the bank, Jaime was not in the car, but he soon emerged from nearby woods and ran into the side of a Salem police cruiser before running off again, police said. Jaime was apprehended after a short foot chase.
He faces nine charges, including second-degree assault, drunken driving and criminal mischief for his Saturday night run-in with police, which included a short foot chase.
Jaime’s lawyer, Anthony DiFruscia, argued for his client to be freed on personal recognizance. He told Judge Robert Stephen that his client has PTSD from military combat in Iraq and his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing.
He was charged with stalking and violating a protective order on Monday for having contact with the woman he is accused of assaulting, police said.
Stephen said he would only allow bail to be reduced to personal recognizance if Jaime could convince the court that he was going into in-patient treatment to address his PTSD.
Jaime is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Aug. 6.