Woman Passes Out, Wakes Up, Runs Over Husband

Texas driver charged with DWI
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2011 5:39 PM CDT
A Texas woman reportedly passed out, woke up, and hit the accelerator as her husband tried to help her.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Texas woman passed out at a red light, awoke as her husband tried to rouse her, then drove off dragging him along outside the car, KDAF-TV reports. Police suspect 50-year-old Mary Jane Lane (yes, her real name) passed out while under the influence of prescription drugs at the stop light. Her husband exited the SUV from the passenger side, opened her door, and tried to undo her safety belt, presumably so he could take over driving. That’s when she “came to” and hit the gas.

The husband got dragged along but eventually fell from the car, receiving head and leg injuries. Lane kept on driving, police report. They arrested her later for something called intoxication assault, notes the Dallas Morning News, but the charge was reduced to driving while intoxicated. Now, she’s in a Dallas jail on a $20,000 bond; her husband’s condition isn’t known.

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