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Woman bites driver who stole parking spot, police say

April 20, 2012 | 10:31 am

A Palo Alto woman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after police said she, in a fit of rage over a stolen parking space, bit the driver who swooped into her spot.

Witnesses told police that Sara Gillian was waiting for a street parking space in a residential San Francisco neighborhood, when another female driver slid into the space, sparking a fight. A driver and passenger got out of each car, and "pushing and shoving escalated into the suspect biting," San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy said.  

Gillian, 32, was booked on the assault charge after multiple bite marks were found on the victim's chest area, Shyy said. The other people involved in the incident were released at the scene, he said. Police did not release the name of the victim, but said she was the only injured party.

"We get calls for service over verbal disputes over parking," Shyy said, "but it is unusual for it to escalate to this point where it escalates to the felony."

San Francisco County Jail could not be reached Friday to determine if Gillian had been released.

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