Woman Strikes Eaton Canyon Nature Center Employee With Car

A woman was arrested after she allegedly hit an Eaton Canyon Nature Park employee with her vehicle.

Sheriff's deputies arrested a 28-year-old woman on suspicion of striking a park employee with her vehicle at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center amid a beef over an unleashed dog, sheriff's deputies said Saturday.

Arune Kavaliauskaite was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a county park employee, according to the sheriff's department. She was being held at the sheriff's Crescenta Valley station in lieu of $30,000 bail.

The park employee was treated for unspecified leg injuries after she was allegedly struck intentionally about 3 p.m. Friday in a parking lot at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, deputies said.

The county employee was looking for homeless people in the area when she saw a dog running free, deputies said. The county employee eventually warned Kavaliauskaite about having an unleashed dog three times, deputies said.

Kavaliauskaite allegedly got angry at the county employee, who called for backup.

The county employee took a photograph of the woman and the dog in Kavaliauskaite's vehicle, and Kavaliauskaite allegedly accelerated into the park employee, knocking her into a parked car, deputies said.


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