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PD: Man Punched Wife in Head, Triggering Traumatic Brain Injury Seizure

Middletown Police say the couple's argument over who should drive the car home after a night of dining and drinking erupted into a violent attack, the second such incident in a year.

Middletown Police
Middletown Police

The following police reports come from the Middletown Police public information officer. Individuals named here reflect charges filed, never a conviction.

A 51-year-old city man is facing assault and related charges after reportedly punching his wife — who suffers from traumatic brain injury — in the head after a drunken tirade, causing her to black out and have a seizure, according to Middletown Police.

This is the second time in a year that Daniel M. LePage, 51, of Long Hill Road, has been arrested for violence against his wife, police say.

On Dec. 29 at 4:56 p.m., police were called to a home on Arbutus Street where a woman was yelling for help, according to the report, and a witness said the attacker, LePage, left on foot toward Margarite Road. 

Police investigating the area found him lying on the ground in a front yard of a Kelsey Road home and when a detective approached LePage faced away from the officer, knelt and put his hands behind his back. 

Police say he smelled of alcohol and admitted he fought with his wife over a direction of travel but denied hitting her. The wife, the report says, was heavily intoxicated as well and said they were returning from dinner at Mad Murphy's on South Main Street at 2 a.m. and while they argued, he hit her several times in the face. 

She told police he wanted her to drive but she didn't want to because she couldn't see without her glasses, causing the argument. He called her and her mother a derogatory term then punched her in the head several times with a closed fist, according to the report, knocking her out.

The victim told police she has a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident a year ago and suffers from seizures, is very afraid of her husband, who's been abusive in the past, reports indicate. 

The report says the victim had a seizure in the back seat of the police cruiser and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. 

LePage was charged with breach of peace, violation of a protective order and third-degree assault and released on a promise to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 21.

In January, LePage was arrested for disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and interfering with an emergency call after he reportedly came home drunk and angry, kicked the door to his home open and smashed a chair into pieces, then swore at his wife and hit her in the head more than 10 times. 

He's due back in court in March for the charges, according to the Connecticut Judicial System website, and has been recommended for accelerated rehabilitation.

Barbi B. December 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM
OMG....this person was "released from custody"??? That's a little more than half-past SCARY!!!

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