Boone County deputy attacked while making drunken-driving arrest

Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 5:13 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two Ashland residents were arrested Friday in connection with an assault on a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy.

A Sheriff's Department deputy was investigating an animal complaint near Rippeto Road and Easley River Road, just west of Ashland, on Friday evening. While in the area, he saw Patricia Basurto, 49, of Ashland riding on the roof of a car and dangling her feet through the sunroof, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The deputy pulled the car over and found that the driver, Rex Barstow, 35, of Ashland, was driving with a revoked license, and he attempted to show the deputy another person's driver's license, the Sheriff's Department said.

The deputy arrested him on charges including driving while intoxicatedand put him in the squad car. When deputy went back to Barstow's car, the female passenger smacked the deputy's hand, the Sheriff's Department said.

Basurto was then handcuffed, but while this was happening, Barstow started to kick out the window of the police car. The deputy went back to stop Barstow's attempt to exit through the window, and Barstow attacked him, which cut the deputy's ear and broke his watch, the Sheriff's Department said.

During this attack, Barstow yelled at Basurto to run and hide, said the Sheriff's Department, which later tracked her down with a police dog.

Basurto was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

Barstow was charged with 10 offenses, including resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and attempting to escape from custody.

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