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Florida woman who settled lawsuit with cops just got arrested for battery

Aranda Wendell
Aranda Wendell Martin County Sheriff's Office

Families sometimes have issues getting along, but these people took things to another level.

A Florida woman was arrested in Stuart after police said she attacked her elderly stepmother Penny Walter by hitting the woman with the door of her BMW, reports TCPalm.com. The stepmother also told officers that the suspect threw wine at her.

Aranda Wendell, 49, was taken into custody on Tuesday, accused of domestic aggravated battery on a person over 65 and resisting an officer without violence.

Walter explained to arresting officers that she and her stepdaughter were arguing when suddenly Wendell threw wine in the 65-year-old victim's face, then ran to her car. Walter says Wendell then put the car, a red BMW, in reverse and intentionally hit her with the car door.

According to a police report, the older woman had severe bruising to her face as well as to her body. Walter said she was going to a nearby hospital for treatment.

When asked if she knew she hit her stepmother, Wendell told deputies the woman's injuries were not her fault and blamed other people in the immediate area.

This is not Wendell's first legal problem. Last year, she settled a lawsuit with the Stuart Police Department for $20,000 after accusing them of excessive force after she allegedly got rear-ended and left the scene of an accident, reports CBS12. The incident in which she ended up Tasered and bodyslammed occurred in June 2015.

An internal investigation found no wrongdoing by Stuart cops, but one of the officers involved, Chris Heitfeld, was required to undergo “sensitivity training” as part of the settlement.

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