Woman charged in domestic incident with state trooper in Southington

Woman charged in domestic incident with state trooper in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — A woman faces charges after a reported domestic incident involving a state trooper earlier this month. 

Mariah Harper, 41, was charged Tuesday with second-degree breach of peace. She was released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday. 

Christopher Russell, 46, of 171 Rethal St., was previously charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in connection with the incident.  

Police responded to the home on Rethal Drive on Oct. 3 around 8:40 p.m. for a report of a verbal argument, police spokesman Lt. Keith Egan said. Police say the dispute began at a wedding and continued when Russell and his girlfriend returned home.

During the dispute, Russell took a mirror off a wall and broke it, Egan said. There was a child in the home at the time of the alleged incident. 

A representative from the state police responded and made arrangements to remove the police vehicle, Russell’s department issued firearm, badge and identification from the home, Egan said. He has been a member of the state police since 2008 and his police powers are suspended, a statement from state police said. An internal affairs investigation is underway. 

Russell was released on $5,000 bond. 

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