Wife Survives 100mph Ride Clinging to Hubby's Van

She tumbles off Christopher Michael Carroll's car 40 miles later
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2011 1:00 AM CST
Christopher Michael Carroll: Husband with attitude.   (Manteca Police Department)

(Newser) – Talk about a domestic spat. A Northern California woman survived a harrowing 40-mile ride clinging to the hood of a speeding minivan driven by her furious husband. The swerving car reached speeds of 100mph, and the night-time ride was so cold that the wife had to be treated for hypothermia when she finally tumbled off. The married couple were in the midst of a heated argument when Christopher Michael Carroll tried to escape by climbing behind the wheel of the van, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

His wife, still arguing, faced him through the front window and somehow ended up on the hood of the car, spread eagle, desperately clinging to the windshield wiper blades and a side-view mirror as he took off, speeding down a highway. She finally slipped off when he slowed, and other motorists rushed her to a local hospital. She was not seriously injured. Carroll was arrested a short time later at his home and is being held on on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, and corporal injury to a spouse.

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