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Iowa City police: Cocaine deal goes bad, leads to assault

IOWA CITY — A Boone man faces a felony assault charge after being accused of attacking a man over a drug deal gone awry.

Iowa City police said Troy A. Borsh, 23, drove from downtown Iowa City to the 800 block of East College Street around 1:45 a.m. Friday in order to buy cocaine.

Police said Borsh gave the other man $200 cash for cocaine, and the man took off running.

Police said Borsh chased down the other man, who was not identified, and tackled him, causing the man to hit his head on the ground. Borsh then grabbed the man by the hair and repeatedly hit him in the face, police said. The incident was observed by a witness, police said.

When an officer arrived, Borsh was standing over the other man, who was bleeding and “barely conscious.” He was also in possession of $200 cash.

Police said Borsh, when asked about the assault, laughed about picking up the man by the hair. He showed “strong signs of intoxication” and admitted he was too drunk to drive, police said.

Initial testing put his blood alcohol content between 0.225 and 0.237 percent, nearly three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Iowa.

Borsh was arrested and faces charges of willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony, and drunken driving, a serious misdemeanor.

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