Rand Paul tackled by neighbor over "trivial" dispute

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07 November, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul was the victim of an alleged assault on Friday.

Boucher, of Bowling Green, is charged with fourth-degree assault with a minor injury, a misdemeanour.

In the arrest warrant, Paul said he was mowing his lawn when "his neighbor came onto his property and tackled him from behind".

The suspect, 59-year-old Bowling Green anesthesiologist Rene Boucher, has been charged with fourth-degree assault.

According to chief of staff Doug Staffer, the senator could take months to recover from his injuries.

"This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force".

The attorney continued: 'Senator Paul and Dr. Boucher have been next door neighbors for 17 years.

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The Republican "was blindsided and the victim of an assault" on Friday, a spokeswoman for him was quoted by U.S. media as saying.

Stafford said Paul had three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries, as well as lung contusions. Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, allegedly attacked the senator at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Friday.

Paul reportedly told police that Boucher tackled him from behind.

It isn't clear when Paul will return to work since he is in considerable pain and is having difficulty getting around. Paul had injuries to his face, "including small cuts to the nose and mouth area", and he was having trouble breathing "due to a potential rib injury".

Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges said he could not release details of the assault because of security issues. "They are also prominent members of the local medical community and worked together when they were both practicing physicians", lawyer Matthew J. Baker said. "He is being detained at Warren County jail on $5,000 bond", said the State police.

The motivate for the assault is not yet known.

Boucher is a Bowling Green anesthesiologist and pain specialist who developed a product called Therm-a-Vest, a cloth vest partially filled with rice and secured by Velcro straps that is created to relieve back pain by delivering heat directly to the areas of the back where most pain is felt.


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