Senator Rand Paul testifies he feared for life in attack

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he feared for his life after being hit by a blindside tackle from a neighbor, who broke several of his ribs while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

The Republican senator was the first witness Monday at the trial for the civil lawsuit he brought against his attacker, Rene Boucher.

Paul said Boucher hit him with such force that both flew through the air 5 or 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters).

The senator says he had so much trouble breathing after the 2017 attack that he feared “this may be the last breath I ever take.”

Paul is suing Boucher for medical bills and pain and suffering. He also is seeking punitive damages.

Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days in prison.

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