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Christopher Carroll confessed in court to the crimes March 3, 2011.

Christopher Carroll confessed in court to the crimes March 3, 2011.

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MANTECA, Calif. (CBS13) — A husband who confessed to driving nearly 40 miles on a highway with his wife clinging to the vehicle’s hood will spend 5 years in state prison, officials said.

Christopher Carroll, 36, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and felony spousal abuse Wednesday in a San Joaquin County courtroom. Carroll admitted in March that he drove from Manteca to Pleasanton on Interstate 205 at speeds topping 100 MPH with his wife clinging to the hood.

The victim survived the 40 mile journey but was suffering from hypothermia. She told CBS13 it was a “miracle” that she was able to keep her grip for that long.

Authorities said Carroll’s wife apparently jumped on the hood when he tried to drive away during an argument at their home.

Investigators said they had responded to Carroll’s residence the day before the attack after receiving reports of bizarre and suicidal threats.

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