Domestic assault at motel prompts arrest

Ruston Police arrested a Choudrant man at a local motel last week after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Super 8 Motel about 5:30 a.m. last Tuesday. A woman told officers her boyfriend, Benton Bullard, 49, attacked her. The woman said they were staying at the motel and an argument ensued over drugs. She said she threw Bullard’s bicycle over the railing of the motel, and he hit her in the back of the head four times and choked her.

The woman had red marks on her neck characteristic of being choked. She also said Bullard broke a safety razor apart and used it to try to cut her. She displayed a shallow cut on the inside of her right thumb.

Officers found a razor blade on the floor of the motel room which was in disarray. Bullard denied hitting the woman and said she threw his bike over the railing.

Bullard was arrested for battery of a dating partner and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

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