Wednesday, March 2, 2011
California Man Takes the 'Missus' Out For a Late Night "Joy" Ride
Not the actual minivan and probably not the real wife....but the clothes match the van's color so........
A California man is in jail after driving 35 miles on a freeway with his wife clinging to a windshield wiper blade on the hood of their minivan, police said Wednesday.
Christopher Michael Carroll, 36, (shown above) is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and domestic assault.
After a family squabble the man got into the family's minivan around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. His wife attempted to prevent his departure by crawling up on the hood of the minivan and holding on to a wiper blade.
This didn't deter Carroll who kept on driving and drove onto a freeway, where, according to witnesses, he reached speeds of 100 MPH. Police were receiving 911 calls from motorists describing the 'flying woman' on the hood of the van.
When Carroll eventually slowed to take an exit ramp, his wife was able to roll off the vehicle. She was taken to a hospital by a following motorist where she was treated for hypothermia and minor scrapes and bruises.
Carroll, depicted above, returned home and was arrested shortly afterward by police. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
The wild minivan ride happened several days after Carroll was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to police.
On Feb. 23, the cops received a phone call from a witness who reported that Carroll had climbed into a 6-foot-deep trash bin in Manteca (Spanish for lard) and was threatening to drown himself in five inches of water that had collected at the bottom. Carroll claimed he didn't know how to swim.
Officers were dispatched to talk him out of the trash bin and said he obviously was on some kind of drugs. Duh!
Carroll was booked into county jail that afternoon and released the following day, which turned out to be a big mistake in light of his subsequent joy ride with his wife.