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Police report tells more violent story in Bundgaard’s highway incident

Scott Bundgaard (File photo)

Scott Bundgaard (File photo)

A police report released March 2 concerning the roadside scuffle between Arizona Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard and his then-girlfriend says the woman accused Bundgaard of hitting her twice in the chest, throwing her cell phone out the driver’s side window and threatening to abandon her on the freeway.

Immediately after the Feb. 25 incident in the median near Cactus Road and State Route 51, Aubry Ballard, who was booked on suspicion of domestic violence assault, told Phoenix police a different story from Bundgaard’s.

Bundgaard was spared arrest because legislators are immune from arrest during a legislative session, according to the police report. The report does not mention that Bundgaard directly invoked the immunity, but he did mention his position to officers on scene.

Bundgaard told colleagues Feb. 28 that the immunity law is antiquated and should be repealed.

Bundgaard, a Peoria Republican, has been making the media-interview rounds and shed tears on the Senate floor over the incident, saying Ballard attacked him while he was driving home from a charity event and threw his clothes out the car window.

Bundgaard has said that after he stopped to retrieve his clothes, he pulled Ballard from his car to stop her from driving away and abandoning him.

Bundgaard on Wednesday declined to be interviewed, saying hadn’t yet seen the police report.

When offered the report after the Senate adjourned for the day March 2, Bundgaard said it was too lengthy to read at the moment.

“I’ve said everything I’ve had to say about it,” Bundgaard said.

According to Ballard’s version in the report, the couple was arguing as Bundgaard drove north on the freeway just before Cactus Boulevard.

“During the argument, Senator Bundgaard used his right arm in a swinging motion and hit Ms. Ballard over her chest,” the report states.

Ballard told police he struck her twice. Then, she told police, she struck back at his face with an open hand, and when she tried to call her parents for help, Bundgaard grabbed her phone and tossed it out the driver’s side window.

Bundgaard stopped the car in the inside shoulder of the carpool lane and both of them got out to look for the phone.

Ballard told police Bundgaard threatened to leave her on the side of the road, and she attempted to open the driver’s side door, which was locked. When Bundgaard opened the door, he pushed Ballard down, skinning her knees, according to the report.

Bundgaard’s version in the report is that Ballard was threatening to jump out of the car as they headed north on State Route 51 and was trying to grab the steering wheel to crash his gold Mercedes Benz into the concrete median.

According to the police report, Bundgaard said he tried to physically put Ballard back into the car after he stopped to retrieve the items that were strewn on the freeway.

In a statement released Feb. 27, Bundgaard said he was trying to prevent Ballard from leaving in his car when he yanked her out of the driver’s seat onto the ground.

A witness, Rich Maiocco, told police that as he was entering the freeway at Shea Boulevard he saw “a man pushing or pulling a female next to the passenger side.”

“Rich (Maiocco) also stated that the female fell to the ground near the passenger door while the male had his hands on her,” the report states.

7 comments

  1. ENOUGH violence, woman-abuse, megalomania and self-serving abuse of power! Gadafy and Bundgaard must go!

  2. I tend to believe Senator Bundgaard. This sounds typical of a woman who has possibly drank too much and is also in a jealous mode. Of course, most people will hear her tears and say “oh, poor dear”. Well, I’m just as tired of these women who go off the deep end and then blame the man and oft times causes him a tremendous amount of stress regarding his job, position, etc.

    I personally believe she is lying, the fact that she threw his clothes out the car window speaks volumes about her at the time of the incident.

  3. I tend to believe Senator Bundgaard. This sounds typical of a woman who has possibly drank too much and is also in a jealous mode. Of course, most people will hear her tears and say “oh, poor dear”. Well, I’m just as tired of these women who go off the deep end and blame the man and oft times causes him a tremendous amount of stress regarding his job, position, etc.

    I personally believe she is lying, the fact that she threw his clothes out the car window, gave HIM A BLACK eye speaks volumes about her at the time of the incident.

  4. 2 different versions from him and you believe him???

    According to the police report, Bundgaard said he tried to physically put Ballard back into the car after he stopped to retrieve the items that were strewn on the freeway.

    In a statement released Feb. 27, Bundgaard said he was trying to prevent Ballard from leaving in his car when he yanked her out of the driver’s seat onto the ground.

  5. @Shirley: You sound exactly like most apologists for domestic abuse of women.

  6. If she had been drunk the police report would have stated that. No one accused her of being drunk. We may never know the truth but Bungaard’s story has too many inconsistancies. I tend to believe the young lady.

  7. This is a sad affair for everyone involved, including the public. Incidents like these always point to one sad fact in our modern world and that is that too few people live lives that conform to God’s Law.

    I can’t judge or condemn either party. I just pray that both parties involved will take their problems to the Lord and resolve them in accordance with His Word.

    While the stories are conflicting, conduct like that reported in this incident (even if we take any version of this event as true) raise issues of whether anyone involved was conducting himself as a person of faith. The bottom line is that no one involved in this incident comes out looking very good.

    We should start thinking about electing politicians whose lives are grounded in a firm faith in God and who are obedient to Him.

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