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NORTH SALT LAKE — One man was arrested and another sent to the hospital with part of his ear torn off after a discussion about conspiracy theories among family members became heated, police say.

Brian David Boyack, 43, of Orange, California, was booked into the Davis County Jail Tuesday for investigation of mayhem, criminal mischief, intoxication and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of children.

Boyack was staying with family members in North Salt Lake.

"They were out in the hot tub having a good time when a conversation began regarding big corporations and essentially conspiracy theories," according to a Davis County Jail report.

The homeowner works for "a big banking business," the report states, and Boyack, who had been drinking, took issue with that.

"The conversation became heated to the point where (Boyack) began to pack up his and his family's belongings and put them in a vehicle," according to the report.

The homeowner locked Boyack out of the house because he was "acting crazy" and he didn't want Boyack driving, according to police. Boyack responded by allegedly hitting patio furniture against the house. When the homeowner opened the door to tell Boyack to stop, Boyack attacked him and held him to the ground, the report states.

That's when Boyack "bit off a large part of his ear," police wrote. The arresting officer noted that the homeowner's ear "was missing a large chunk of flesh from the top of it."

Boyack drove off before officers arrived at the house. But he later called officers and turned himself in at the police station. He was booked into jail about noon Tuesday.

“I’ve done something horrible but I don’t want to answer questions," he told officers, according to the report.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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