BARRE, Vt. — A Vermont police chief has been charged with assaulting his estranged wife.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports ( ) 49-year-old Daniel Brunelle has pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic assault.

Police say Brunelle’s wife got into an argument with her husband Tuesday and he shoved her to the ground. The two are in the process of getting a divorce.

Brunelle’s lawyer says neither he nor his client would comment on the case after the hearing Wednesday.

Brunelle was hired as the Randolph police chief in May. Randolph Select Board Chairwoman Trini Brassard says he has been placed on paid administrative leave until his later hearing.

If convicted, Brunelle faces a maximum of three years in prison.

Information from: The Times Argus,