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ATTLEBORO - A 39-year-old man faces allegations that he wrecked his girlfriend's mobile home and attempted to set it ablaze after an alcohol-fueled domestic quarrel over the weekend.

Christopher S. Porter, of 480 Williams St. in North Dighton, faces charges in Attleboro District Court of burning a dwelling, malicious destruction, assault and uttering threats charges.

Porter was also charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly cracking the shell of his girlfriend's pet turtle during the episode.

He was ordered held without bail to undergo an alcohol abuse evaluation at the Massachusetts Alcohol Treatment Center in Bridgewater after a court-appointed doctor told Judge Robert E. Baylor that Porter has a substance abuse problem.

Porter's lawyer, Patricia Perry of Attleboro, said during a bail hearing that Porter has no recollection of what authorities allege he did. Officers Rafael Ruano and Larry Velino Jr. responded to a domestic call around 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the Birchwood Mobile Home Park on County Street, police said.

When they arrived they entered a vacant mobile home with smoke inside and called the fire department.

The mobile home was in disarray with furniture thrown about, a chair and a blanket in a wood-burning stove and four knives embedded in a wall, police said.

Porter arrived on the scene while police were still there and was initially charged with driving with a revoked license for being a habitual traffic offender while police and fire officials continued to investigate.

The other charges were filed after police spoke to Porter's girlfriend, who told investigators she fled from the mobile home in fear of Porter after the two quarreled.

Baylor also revoked Porter's bail on a previous unrelated case pending since May in which he was warned against getting arrested again.

He is due back in court Oct. 28.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/09/30/news/3740043.txt
 
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