Republican Senator Rand Paul began his testimony in the case against his neighbor who allegedly attacked Paul over a yard maintenance dispute.
Paul testified that he was afraid for his life after he was tackled by his angry neighbor who broke multiple ribs, according to The Daily Mail.
“Neighbor Dr. Rene Boucher blindsided Paul, 56, and tackled him as he was doing yard work at his Bowling Green, Kentucky, home on November 3, 2017,” The Daily Mail reported.
On Monday, Paul testified as the first witness in the trail, saying that he broke six ribs in the attack, and later underwent surgery.
The Senator is seeking up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $1 million in punitive damages, according to the Daily Mail.
Paul told the jury how he got off his riding lawnmower to pick up a stick when Boucher hit him with so much force that the pair flew for several feet in the air.
The plaintiff was left bloodied, in pain and with trouble breathing.
“At this point, I thought, ‘I can’t breathe. … If I do nothing, this may be the last breath I ever take, because whoever is doing this isn’t stopping,’” Paul said.
“And I really thought if I got another blow to my back, I wasn’t going to survive. And so really I did think I could die at that point. The thought crossed my mind that I may never get up from this lawn again.”
Paul was eventually able to fend off his attacker, only then did he realize that the assailant was his neighbor, Boucher. Prior to that realization, the senator said he was reminded of the shooting earlier in 2017 when Republican lawmakers were targeted while playing baseball.
The senator made it inside and called 911 as well as his wife and some friends. Paul said that he was concerned he might be attacked again.
He did, however, keep a low profile in receiving treatment for the attack, opting to go to the office of a friend who was an orthopedist instead of a hospital.
Paul was treated for pain with ibuprofen, as well as pneumonia following the attack.
Boucher pled guilty to the attack in March and was sentenced to 30 days behind bars. The attacker previously conceded that he “lost his temper” because Paul stacked hard debris near their property line.