KNOX, Maine — Police arrested a local man this weekend who is accused of choking a woman during an argument and also of tampering with a urine test he took at Waldo County Jail.
Jeffrey J. Hill, 45, of Belfast Road in Knox allegedly had been fighting with a woman at a Route 137 residence Saturday when she called the police to tell them about the altercation, according to Sheriff Scott Story of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
The phone went dead during her call, Story said.
When police headed to the home that day, they found the woman with hand marks around her neck and fresh red scrapes on her skin.
Hill told officers that they had just been arguing over Thanksgiving plans and he had been assaulted by the woman. However, police believe that he was the “predominant aggressor,” allegedly choking her and throwing her down on the couch, Story said. He also is believed to have taken her cellphone away from her while she was calling for help.
Police arrested Hill and brought him to Waldo County Jail to be booked. Hill, who had been out on bail for a prior charge of operating under the influence, had to take a urine test. But he dipped the test cup in the toilet, according to the sheriff.
He ultimately was charged with violation of conditions of release, falsifying physical evidence, obstructing the report of a crime and domestic violence assault.
Hill is being held in police custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. His bail for the new charges has been set at $1,000, but state officials have filed a motion to revoke the bail he had posted on the prior charge of operating under the influence.