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Bundgaard involved in domestic violence incident

Scott Bundgaard (File photo)

Scott Bundgaard (File photo)

Phoenix police say the girlfriend of Arizona Senate majority leader Scott Bundgaard is in custody after the two got into a fight.

Officers responded late Friday night to a call about a man pulling a female passenger out of a vehicle stopped next to the median on State Route 51 in north Phoenix.

Police say the 43-year-old Bundgaard and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Aubry Ballard, both had marks on their body from a physical confrontation, which constituted an act of domestic violence.

Bundgaard told police that he’s immune from arrest under Arizona law, since he’s a state senator and the Legislature is in session.

Police say Bundgaard wasn’t arrested but Ballard was booked early Saturday into a Maricopa County Jail on one count of assault.

Bundgaard has been a state lawmaker since 1995.

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14 comments

  1. This is pure BS NO ONE should be above the law.

  2. Another stupid Arizona law.

    Just what kinds of crimes are these “lawmakers” immune to?

  3. Bundgaard was not a legislator the past session. He is technically a freshman, although he has served in the past.

  4. Bundgaard this evening is blaming the incident on his girlfriend. He’s quite the man, with her sitting in jail but him claiming immunity. What a class act.

  5. What if he had killed her?? It’s outrageous.

  6. Hey- before you rush to judgement…it appears HE was the one attacked by a crazy, jealous girlfriend. Regardless, BOTH are innocent until proven guilty!

  7. Police are supposed to be trained to understand who is the perpetrator in a domestic violence situation. Here, witnesses saw Bundgaard pull the woman out of the car. We the woman the perpetrator, trying to get away to protect himself, he would have left the car and called 911. Witnesses called and reported seeing him pull her from the car, yet still, the police charged the woman with assault. This is Orwellian, and horrifying. Even taking the possibility of criminal charges out of consideration for a moment, does the Arizona Senate approve of one of its members perpetrating violence on a woman, ever? Does the Arizona Senate approve of a male member pulling a woman out of a car during a physical altercation? (As if the male member didn’t have an option of walking away from the car so as not to assault the woman?)

  8. The girlfriend is arrested and nothing is done to him. How much does she outweigh him anyway? Didn’t the police come with a call that reported he was dragging her out of the car assaulting her? Tell me what is in the water in Arizona? Are they all a little off the normal chart? Your governor makes the state administration look like a 3rd world religious tribe with one foot in 1700 and the other in tomorrow waiting for the end of time.

  9. I’ve never heard of anything quite as ridiculous. Shame on the cop and the police force that gave him a badge, a gun, and the power to be The Law i– something I’ve observed about which the police generally know next to nothing. It’s a scandal.

  10. How in the world can he be immune from our laws and be allowed to be taking part in a physical assault and not arrested……AND SHE IS ARRESTED!!!!!?????

  11. A responsible guy would have pulled the keys from the car, not his girlfriend.

  12. This is not a good way to portray the legislative actions of the Arizona Senate. However the actions of the people in WI is no better. Union Dues should nt be tax exempt. Payment to political parties are not tax free.

  13. Maybe he was defending himself from an out of control Woman “both had marks on their body from a physical confrontation”. A Woman can shoot a man 6 times, reload and shoot him six more times and then claim self defense because the Cultural Marxists have convinced society that Women are ALWAYS victims in EVERY situtation. In reality this is Sexism and it is destroying our country. That being said, politicians should not not be “immune” from any law applying to the rest of us. That is Elitism which is also destroying our country.

  14. We need to overload his office e-mails and phones calling for his arrest we also need to do the same to Russell Pierce and send them both a message.

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