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Wife arrested in alleged machete attack

DULUTH -- Police arrested a Duluth woman Sunday on charges she hacked through a door and attacked her husband with a machete at their home.

Sandra Paschal, 57, is charged with felony aggravated assault in the incident, which happened early Sunday afternoon at a home on Landington Way.

Paschal's husband, Jerry, received a laceration to his hand but was not hospitalized, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Officers who responded to a domestic situation at the home learned the couple had had a physical dispute earlier in the day. When the situation flared up again, Smith said Paschal retrieved a machete, hacked through a bedroom door and struck her husband twice.

Paschal told officers her husband had hit her repeatedly with a bat, but her story wasn't consistent with her lack of injuries, providing the basis for her arrest, Smith said.

"She changed her story several times," he said.

The husband told police Paschal had struck him in the head with a telephone during the earlier scrap, and that he hit her in the leg with a bat to thwart her.

When officers spoke with Paschal, she was "borderline incoherent" though drug or alcohol use is not noted in reports, Smith said.

Paschal was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $11,200 bond Monday under conditions she have no contact with her husband, records show.