Woman on life support after being thrown out of bar
BAYOU PIGEON - A bar owner faces charges after a patron was taken to the hospital and was placed on life support following an altercation inside his bar.
Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies said early Sunday, the woman was cut off from drinking at the Pigeon Coop bar and started fighting other patrons. Deputies said the bar's co-owner, Caleb Thurman, 24, picked up the woman and threw her out the bar.
"As she came out of the bar with a forceful push, she lost her balance and struck her head on an object on the ground next to a car," Sheriff Brett Stassi said. "For a while it was touch and go. We are hoping for the best for her."
The woman has bleeding in her brain and had to have surgery.
"[Thurman] was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree battery in which this young lady was hurt and hospitalized and another man was beaten pretty severely," Stassi said.
According to deputies, Thurman turned his aggression to a man trying to get him away from the woman. Thurman is accused of breaking the man's nose and eye socket.
Stassi said Thurman was believed to be drinking but not intoxicated when he forced the woman out of his bar.
"I'm sure he wished this night wouldn't have happened but in the heat of the moment it was a pretty vicious landing for the young lady on the ground," Stassi said.
Thurman was said to be remorseful after watching video surveillance of the incident, according to Stassi.
Tuesday, the sheriff's office was ready to release the video but the district attorney's office overruled the plan and the video was not released. It shows Thurman pick the woman up off the ground inside the bar, walk her outside of the door and toss her several feet.
Thurman could be charged with something more severe pending the woman's recovery, according to Stassi.