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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:55 am, Wed Apr 25, 2012.

A Lodi teenager attempted to kick out a Lodi police squad car's back window as he was being arrested Saturday night, police said.

Lodi police officers responded to 2300 block of Cayman Drive late Saturday evening to investigate a possible assault, according to the Lodi Police Department's Facebook page.

Inside the residence, officers could hear 18-year-old James Michael Dunovan arguing with his 16-year-old girlfriend. Instead of trying to speak with police officers, Dunovan ran and hid from Lodi police officers Eric Bradley and Nathan Woods, according to police.

Woods and Bradley were able to force open the door to the residence and arrested Dunovan on suspicion of child abuse and domestic violence, the Facebook page stated.

After placing Dunovan inside the squad car, he apparently found a way to unbuckle his seat belt and managed to turn around and begin kicking the back window to try and get out, said Lt. Fernando Martinez of the Lodi Police Department.

However, the window did not shatter.

Bradley and Wood had to put leg restraints on Dunovan before taking him into custody.

"We used to have people kick out side windows about once a month," Martinez said. "That is why we now have sidebars on all the squad car windows. Now, people are trying with the back windows, it seems."

As a result of his actions, Dunovan also faces charges of resisting and obstructing police officers.

Dunovan is scheduled to appear in Lodi court today at 9 a.m.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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