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ELKO – A man who claimed his wife jumped out of their vehicle in December was arrested for battery.

According to Elko Police Lt. Ty Trouten, police were dispatched to Terrace Circle to a suspicious event on Dec. 11.

“A 12-year-old child stated that her mom was beat up in the car and naked,” said Trouten. “Upon arrival police found a female lying face down in the back seat of a pickup truck that was parked in the driveway.”

The victim was unresponsive and had injuries that were severe enough to send her to Utah for medical treatment, said Trouten. The child told officers that her mother and husband, Christopher W. Paquette, 40, of Elko had left the home for a few hours in the evening and had returned.

“He texted the child to go get her mom out of the truck,” said Trouten.

Paquette was not on the scene when police arrived, according to Trouten. Later he told them that he and his wife had been at a friend’s home where they had been drinking. Paquette claimed that the couple had been arguing on the way back from Spring Creek and that the woman jumped or fell from the moving vehicle.

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The police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and discovered a baseball bat with blood on it, said Trouten.

The woman did not have much recollection of what happened, but the investigation revealed that her injuries were not considered to be consistent with jumping or falling from a vehicle.

Paquette was arrested on a felony warrant for battery resulting in significant bodily harm. His bail was listed at $10,000.

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