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Idaho woman accused of chewing up back seat of police car

SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho woman accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested in a pepper spray incident could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a felony charge linked to the damage, authoritie...

SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho woman accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested in a pepper spray incident could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a felony charge linked to the damage, authorities said on Tuesday.

Staci Spence, 42, is expected to enter a plea in coming days to a charge of malicious injury to property tied to allegations she gnawed through the upholstery and foam cushioning of the back seat of a patrol vehicle, according to Bonner County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Florea.

He said deputies were called to a rural neighborhood outside the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint last week after a couple accused Spence, of nearby Colburn, of dousing them with pepper spray,

Officers seeking to arrest Spence for battery found her โ€œhighly intoxicated, kicking and fighting and screaming profanities,โ€ leading to additional misdemeanor charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, Florea said.

Deputies learned of Spenceโ€™s attack on their vehicle after driving her to the county detention facility, where she is jailed on $32,000 bond, he said.

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Spence has been assigned a public defender, who declined comment on Tuesday.

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