BARRE — A Berlin man is accused of choking a woman to the point she passed out.

Bradley Cormier, 23, pleaded not guilty Monday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services and unlawful mischief. If convicted, Cormier faces a maximum sentence of 18½ years in prison. He was ordered held without bail at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury.

Officer Jeffrey M. Strock, of the Berlin police, said in his affidavit a 911 call was made from a home on Third Street Saturday. Strock said the dispatcher noted it sounded like a woman had shrieked before the phone was taken away from her. He said no one answered when the number was called back.

Strock went to the home and talked to the victim and Cormier.

Cormier told Strock he and the victim had been drinking and the victim became upset with him and scratched his arm. He told Strock he put the victim in a headlock to defend himself from the victim. He reported he saw the victim had called 911 so he took the phone out of her hand because he didn’t think police needed to be involved.

The victim told police she and Cormier had gotten into a “scuffle” and at one point Cormier choked her. She reported he also threw her on the ground and kicked her in the face. He then got on top of her and choked her to the point she passed out, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police she got out her phone in an attempt to call 911 and Cormier took the phone and stomped on it. She told police she again got the phone and he again stomped on it while it was in her hand.

A witness at the scene told police she saw Cormier choke the victim.

Strock said Cormier admitted to putting the victim in a choke hold, but denied kicking her in the face. He also admitted to taking and stomping on her phone to keep her from calling police but not while it was in her hand, according to court records.

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