Pre-Trial Hearing Set for Man Accused of Battery
By Jacob Mathias
A Plover man faces more than six years behind bars after a neighbor reported seeing him choking his girlfriend through a window of his home.
According to court documents, Plover police responded to a Chestnut Dr. residence at about 9:30 PM on June 26 after a caller reported seeing a man, later identified as Jeffrey Blanchat, 51, “beating and choking a woman through the upstairs window.”
When officers arrived at the apartment, they could hear yelling from inside the home. According to the criminal complaint, officers had to knock several times before Blanchat — who police recognized from previous contacts –answered the door, claiming the couple was only arguing.
When the officers spoke with the woman in the residence, she denied Blanchat had struck her. The eyewitness provided a written statement alleging she was talking with the dispatcher as she saw Blanchat “still throwing punches at the woman.” The witness also said she could hear Blanchat yelling and cursing at the woman.
Blanchat is currently free on a $2,000 signature bond, but is allowed to have contact with the alleged victim at her request.
Blanchat is charged with felony strangulation and suffocation, battery and disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Thomas Flugaur on Oct. 7 at 8:30 AM.