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When she refuses to have sex, he hits her with a chair and tries to force her, authorities say.

A 27-year-old Army reservist was arrested Monday, accused of hitting his girlfriend with a chair, throwing lit cigarettes at her and trying to force her to have sex with him, according to arrest reports.

Patrick F. Doyle, of 3259 Fox Chase Circle N, Apt. 202, was charged with domestic battery and felony attempted sexual battery. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Doyle is a sergeant with the Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, where he works as a veterinary food inspector, said Army Reserve spokeswoman Maj. Corey Elizabeth Schultz.

He joined the Army Reserve in June 2005 and was previously on active duty, though Schultz could not verify late Tuesday the branch in which Doyle served.

According to arrest reports, Doyle became angry at the woman after she did not bring him dinner when she came home from work. The woman told Pinellas County sheriff's deputies that Doyle was drunk and had spit on her, then tried to force her to have sex with him.

When she refused, he hit her, threw a chair and lit cigarettes at her, chased her around the apartment, and threatened her, according to reports.

The woman, who was not identified because of the nature of the charge, told deputies she was able to fend off Doyle by kicking him in the chest.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Doyle has been arrested and convicted twice since 2000 on charges of driving under the influence.