New Hero: California Woman Survives a 35-Mile Ride on the Hood of a Minivan

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Photo: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department

Well, these people know how to get into a marital spat: Christopher Michael Carroll and his wife got in a fight, and Christopher decided to take off. But! His wife — whose name wasn't released — didn't want him to leave. So she jumped on the hood of the couple's minivan. That might stop most men, but not Carroll. Carroll drove 35 miles — often at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour — with his wife splayed on the top of the hood, gripping a windshield wiper.

Eventually, Carroll slowed down the vehicle and his wife was able to climb off the top of the van. A driver following Carroll took her to a local hospital where she was treated for hypothermia. After the joyride, Carroll returned home, where police arrested him for attempted murder, kidnapping, and domestic assault.

Oh, this was Carroll's second run-in with the law in two weeks. On February 23, the police were called after Carroll was found in a six-foot-deep trash bin, and was threatening to drown himself in the five inches of water that had collected at the bottom. "We went out there and talked to him for about an hour and he was obviously on some kind of drugs," said police spokesperson and really perceptive guy, Rex Osborn.

Calif. woman survives 35-mile ride on minivan hood [AP]