Salem man arrested for domestic battery

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Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

Brett Purlee, 29, Salem, was arrested and charged with domestic battery after he reportedly kicked and threw his wife to the ground.

Salem Police Officer Eric Mills said in his report he was dispatched to a home on North Main Street, where he was met by a woman who told him she had tried to get him to sign divorce paperwork and her husband, Purlee, became enraged. She said he kicked her in the back and threw her to the ground.

Purlee was in the shower when Mills arrived. Mills knocked on the bathroom door and announced himself, but Purlee didn’t respond. When Mills called again, he said he heard Purlee say, “the police are out there and one of them is going to get a right hook to the head.”

Mills called for Purlee to come out again and Purlee complied, coming to stand before Mills, naked. Mills told him to put on some clothes.

While speaking with Purlee, Mills said he acted “extremely upset and agitated.” He denied having a physical altercation with his wife and refused to complete a written statement.

His wife completed a battery affidavit and told officers she wanted Purlee arrested for battery, saying she had pain in her side. Mills said he didn’t observe any injuries and the victim said she would take photographs of any visible injuries and send them to Mills.

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