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Musician accused of attacking park worker over dog without leash

February 6, 2012 | 12:30 pm

If it's true that all publicity is good publicity, one struggling L.A. musician may have struck gold.

Arune Kavaliauskaite, 28, who fronts the band Arune & Alternatives, got plenty of coverage over the weekend on local newscasts and elsewhere, including a blog for dog lovers.

But the attention wasn't for the singer's power vocals: The Altadena resident was arrested Friday after she allegedly attempted to run over an L.A. County park employee who had repeatedly told her to leash her light-colored, mixed-breed dog at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. She is due in court Tuesday to face a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Parks Bureau, Kavaliauskaite responded to the park worker's warnings by yelling, cursing and continuing to let her dog roam sans leash. The musician and dog then got into a white Mustang convertible.

As the park employee tried to take a photo of Kavaliauskaite's license plate for a citation, the car lurched forward, knocking the 51-year-old worker into a parked car, Deputy Johnie Jones said. Then, as the singer drove off, one of the car's tires grazed one of the worker's shoes, Jones said.

Kavaliauskaite was arrested at her home and released on $30,000 bail. A recent music video by her band -- with had gotten 250 views by Monday morning -- features both the vehicle and dog in question.

Authorities are taking the incident seriously, Jones said.

"We’re definitely going to go after these people if they do anything to park employees," he said. "We’ll make sure this person goes to court and goes to jail."

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-- Victoria Kim

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