Bedford man arrested after hitting woman with a chair

BEDFORD – Bedford Police arrested 46-year-old Donnie Quillen on a charge of domestic battery in the presence of a minor Sunday.

Donnie Quillen

Quillen was arrested after officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of 19th Street just after 9 p.m. after a report of a physical dispute.

When officers arrived they could hear yelling from inside the home. A 16-year-old male came to the front door and allowed officers to enter the home.

Officers found Quillen in the basement with a woman and a 5-year-old male on the stairs. Police separated those involved.

Police say the woman was emotional and stated that Quillen was high on Xanax bars and had been drinking at a local bar.

She told police the two got into an argument. The 16-year-old male told police Quillen had gone outside and fallen due to his level of intoxication.

The woman had called Quillen’s mother and he got mad at her for sharing the couple’s problems. He then hit her several times while she was on the phone. He then picked up a chair and was hitting the woman with it.

That is when the 16-year-old male intervened and told Quillen to stop hitting the woman.

He then swung the chair at the 16-year-old male and attempted to hit him with his fist.

She also told police Quillen had thrown a can at her earlier in the day and hit her in the head.

Police say Quillen was intoxicated. Quillen told police that he never intended to hit the woman and would never hit a woman.

Quillen was arrested without further incident.

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