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Woman urinates, defecates in back of police car after getting pepper sprayed, police say

Hollywood police say woman threw dog in street while fleeing officer

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A woman is facing multiple charges after she urinated and defecated in the back of a police cruiser after being arrested for shoplifting, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, employees at a 7-Eleven convenience store at 4112 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood called 911 Sunday after they saw Arlene Mena, 28, of Hallandale Beach, stealing three Yuengling beers.

An officer spotted Mena crossing South Ocean Drive and ordered her to stop and sit on the ground.

Police said Mena, who was carrying a small dog, tried to run away but fell down about 10 yards away and threw the dog into oncoming traffic.

The officer put Mena into hand restraints and put her into the back of his patrol car.

Police said the officer then chased Mena's dog, almost getting struck by multiple vehicles in the process.

The dog was eventually picked up unharmed.

Police said the officer drove Mena back to the store so he could complete his report, and Mena continued to kick the back seat window and bang on the plexiglass partition with her hands.

The officer repeatedly told Mena to stop, but she refused to do so, the report said.

Police said the officer warned Mena that she would be pepper-sprayed if she did not stop kicking the window, but when she continued, he sprayed her through the lowered rear window.

As retaliation, Mena urinated, defecated and spat in the back of the patrol car, the report said.

The repairs and cleanup from the damage to the vehicle are estimated to be about $1,000.

Mena was taken to the Broward County Jail, where she is being held on charges of animal cruelty, petty theft, causing damage to property and resisting an officer without violence.