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Woman arrested after altercation with police

BENNINGTON — While attempting to remove an unwanted person from a Route 202 residence, Police Chief Steve Campbell got into a physical struggle with a woman who allegedly struck and spit on him.

Campbell said Monday that he had received a call from a Route 202 homeowner at 5:15 p.m. last Tuesday, asking police to remove Deborah Lefrancois, 54, of Benngington from his property. Campbell said the two were friends who were arguing, which led to the call to police. Campbell said alcohol was a factor in this incident. After speaking with Lefrancois, Campbell said Monday that she was about to leave the property when she attacked the homeowner.

To stop Lefrancois from hitting Paige, Campbell grabbed Lefrancois and when he was attempting to handcuff her, she allegedly punched him in the face.

After Lefrancois was handcuffed, Campbell said he was waiting for backup from Hillsborough police, when Lefrancois spit on Paige and then in Campbell’s face. Following this incident, Campbell held Lefrancois down until a Hillsborough officer arrived to assist.

But the situation didn’t end once backup assistance arrived. “They were escorting her to the cruiser, and she turned around and kicked me,” Campbell said.

Lefrancois was charged with five counts of simple assault and one count of resisting arrest. Two of the simple assault charges are connected with hitting and spitting on Paige and the other three were for allegedly punching, spitting and kicking Campbell.

Lefrancois was brought to the Hillsborough Police Department for booking and processing and was later released on $10,000 personal recognizance, pending a Nov. 14 court date at the 6th Circuit Court, Hillsborough.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or

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