Kirmelewicz said Farrell and his wife live at different addresses in Groveland. A story in the Salem News in March 2011, when he was appointed chief, stated that the couple are separated.
Kirmelewicz said the intimidation of a witness charge was filed because Farrell took his estranged wife's cell phone so she couldn't call police.
"If you don't allow someone to have access to a phone that's considered intimidation of a witness," Kirmelewicz said, adding, "we take these domestic violence situations very seriously."
Kirmelewicz said that because he was taken directly to the hospital, Farrell hadn't been booked yet by police.
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