Prior Lake city manager arrested, charged with assaulting wife

Authorities say Michael Plante attacked his wife during a fight over a phone.
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The city manager of Prior Lake is on leave over domestic violence allegations that surfaced this week.

Michael Plante, 36, was arrested on Wednesday after a woman identified as his wife reported him to police for assaulting her, according to a criminal complaint. 

The charges say the two were in an argument in their home that morning when the victim grabbed Plante's phone and "and asked if she should look through it."

Things escalated from there. According to the charges:

(Plante) demanded his phone back. Victim tried to walk away, but Defendant grabbed her. Victim started to walk up the stairway. When she reached the third step, Defendant put his arm around her neck from behind, and began to squeeze her neck... Victim reported that she could not breathe or speak for part of this time. Defendant threw Victim to the floor... Defendant then pinned her to the floor with his knee. 

The criminal complaint adds that Plante took his phone back from the victim, at which point she was able to get away from him. 

Police later noted that her "neck was very red and had markings on it."

Plante was charged Thursday with domestic assault by strangulation — a felony carrying up to three years in prison — and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. 

The city he administrates has acknowledged the arrest; a news release says the assistant city manager has assumed his responsibilities while he is on leave. 

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