WA woman jumps from car to escape from boyfriend

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DEMING, Wash. (AP) -- A Whatcom County woman jumped from a car moving at 30 miles per hour to escape her boyfriend, who allegedly beat her and threatened to kill her.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/rtMRQA ) Monday 22-year-old Richard T. Basart was later arrested with a loaded shotgun by sheriff's deputies.

The Whatcom County's sheriff's office says the woman and Basart were floating down the Nooksack River on Friday when he became irate after she talked to another man. Once in the car, the woman says Basart began punching in her in the face and neck, as well and grabbing her neck and biting her face. She says Basart then told her he was going to shoot her when they got home. Scared, she jumped when the car slowed down to 30 miles per hour.

The woman suffered extensive but non-life threatening injures from the assault and escape.

When deputies arrived at his home, he greeted them with a shotgun. He has been booked in jail on assault charges.