Lawyer: Neigh­bor’s clash with Paul on triv­ial mat­ter

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Thomas Novelly

BOWL­ING GREEN, Ky. — The man ac­cused of at­tack­ing Sen. Rand Paul was a close neigh­bor who was “not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated” when he tack­led him, the sus­pect’s lawyer said Mon­day.

Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowl­ing Green, was ar­rested Fri­day and charged with mis­de­meanor fourth-de­gree as­sault.

Paul suf­fered five bro­ken ribs in the in­ci­dent, a spokesman for the Ken­tucky sen­a­tor said.

“Sen­a­tor Paul and Dr. Boucher have been next door neigh­bors for 17 years,” Matthew J. Baker, Boucher’s at­tor­ney, said in a state­ment. “The un­for­tu­nate oc­cur­rence of Novem­ber 3rd has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with ei­ther’s pol­i­tics or po­lit­i­cal agen­das. It was a very re­gret­table dis­pute be­tween two neigh­bors over a mat­ter that most peo­ple would re­gard as triv­ial.”

A spokesman for Paul said the in­jury would cause him to miss work.

“Sen­a­tor Paul has five rib frac­tures in­clud­ing three dis­placed frac­tures. This type of in­jury is caused by high ve­loc­ity se­vere force. It is not clear ex­actly how soon he will re­turn to work, as the pain is con­sid­er­able as is the dif­fi­culty in get­ting around, in­clud­ing fly­ing,” said Doug Stafford, a se­nior ad­viser to Paul, in a state­ment. “This type of in­jury is also ac­com­pa­nied by se­vere pain that can last weeks to months.”

An ar­rest war­rant ob­tained by the

Courier Jour­nal stated that Boucher al­legedly “tack­led him from be­hind.”

Boucher was re­leased from the War­ren County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Satur­day after post­ing a $7,500 bond, ac­cord­ing to Ken­tucky State Po­lice.

Voter records from March show Boucher reg­is­tered as a Demo­crat.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant, a neigh­bor of Rand Paul tack­led the Ken­tucky sen­a­tor from be­hind, break­ing sev­eral of his ribs. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IM­AGES

Boucher

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