Deputy Fire Chief in Dayville Charged With Assault

The deputy fire chief for the Dayville Fire Company has resigned after being arrested in Killingly Monday, accused of pushing a woman down, restraining her and threatening her. 

State police arrested Todd A. Wakefield, 46, of Danielson, Monday after someone reported hearing a woman yelling for help, according to a report from state police. 

The website for the Dayville Fire Company listed Wakefield as the assistant chief, but the fire chief identified Wakefield as the deputy chief and said he was with the department for at least 15 years. 

"He did a really good job. He was our head of training. A real good guy around the fire house," Chief Kevin Ide of the Dayville Fire Company said.

Wakefield is also a crew leader at the state Department of Transportation. 

When state troopers responded to North Main Street just before 6 p.m. on Monday, the victim said she had been pushed down, restrained and threatened, according to state police. 

The victim went on to say that she tried to call 911, but Wakefield took the phone out of her hand and later smashed it to the ground, according to state police. 

"It explained why I had a resignation on my desk this morning," Ide said.

Wakefield left the house on foot and turned himself in to police. 

He has been charged with threatening, second-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault, interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct. 

Wakefield appeared in court and posted bond. 

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