Thursday, March 3, 2011

Man drove wife on hood of van, hit 100 MPH

With the temperature in the low 30s, Christopher Carroll drove 35 miles from Manteca, California to nearby Pleasanton on Saturday with his wife clinging to the hood of their minivan.

Carroll was held without bail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and domestic assault.

Carroll got into the family's minivan around 12:30 a.m. Saturday after he and his wife had an argument. A police spokesman said, "She kind of goes with the van to try to stop him, gets up on the hood and is hanging on to the wiper blade. She obviously didn't think he would keep driving."

Eventually, Carroll slowed down the vehicle and his wife rolled off. A driver following the vehicle took the woman to a hospital where she was treated for hypothermia.

Carroll returned home, where police arrested him. The wild ride happened several days after Carroll was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police received a phone call February 23 from a witness who reported that Carroll had climbed into a 6-foot-deep trash bin and was threatening to drown himself in the 5 inches of water that had collected at the bottom.

(info from the Associated Press)

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