Jailed MBTA officer will undergo treatment for PTSDBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 05. 2014 7:48PM
SALEM — An MBTA Transit Police officer arrested twice by Salem police following an assault at a house party will be allowed to enter a treatment facility.
A judge gave approval for David Jaime, 29, to go to the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder issues if he can prove that he has been accepted into the facility, according to a court order.
Judge John Korbey amended Jaime’s bail after a hearing on Monday in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division.
Jaime was freed on bail July 27, hours after allegedly hitting three cars and a bank drive-through canopy as he fled in a vehicle from a house party in a at Meadow Lane in Salem around 11 p.m., police said. Witnesses told police Jaime assaulted a female guest at the party before fleeing in his black Dodge Durango.
He violated a protective order in Massachusetts and New Hampshire the following day, prompting two more arrests within six hours, according to prosecutors.
Korbey noted that McLean Hospital is a secure facility that would not allow Jaime to leave.
If hospitalized, he would undergo treatment as part of the hospital’s Uniform Services program, the order said.
Jaime will otherwise have to post $100,000 cash to be freed from the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood.
At a prior court hearing, lawyers for Jaime argued that he was suffering PTSD from military combat in Iraq and his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Police found Jaime’s truck after he allegedly crashed it into the bank. He was not in the vehicle, police said.
He 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.
Jaime faces 11 charges, including second-degree assault, drunken driving and criminal mischief.