By Ron Jones

MANTECA, Calif. (CBS13) — A woman was able to hold on to a vehicle’s hood for dear life for more than 40 miles when her husband allegedly floored the accelerator after a domestic argument, authorities said.

The Manteca Police Department said 36-year-old Christopher Michael Carroll attacked his wife shortly after midnight on February 26 and stormed out of the house, getting into the family minivan and pulling out of the driveway.

His wife, who asked not to be identified, chased him outside and stood in front of the vehicle in an attempt to block him.

“She jumped on the hood, and that’s when her adventure started,” said Manteca police spokesman Rex Osborn.

Carroll allegedly stepped on the gas and sped through the streets of Manteca until he reached Interstate 205, authorities said. His wife clung to the minivan’s windshield wiper and side mirror as the vehicle accelerated to more than 100 MPH.

Carroll allegedly didn’t slow down until he reached Pleasanton, more than 40 miles away, according to witness reports to police

“There’s a purpose that I’m still alive, because it was a miracle,” the victim said.

The woman was able to roll off the hood safely when Carroll finally pulled over, and due to the 45 degree temperatures and high speeds, she was suffering from hypothermia when emergency crews found her.

Carroll is in custody in the San Joaquin County Jail. He has been charged with attempted murder.

Comments (224)
  1. Protonius says:

    Great advertisement, however, for the Minivan AND for its workmanship that included a wiper & mirror that were so well-made and solidly-attached that they saved a woman’s life!

  2. Melissa in NorCal says:

    That would be murder and not attempted murder. Oh yeah, you sound like a “less than well endowed” guy as well. Wanker!

    1. anon says:

      ???? Murder? who died? who are you talking to?

  3. William Baranowski says:

    It was the Cadillac of minivans.

  4. harry says:

    amen to that brother

  5. Chris says:

    I thought MythBusters said that was impossible!?!

  6. LS650 says:

    That woman might want to think about getting a divorce…

  7. npg says:

    are you sure it wasn’t Charlie Sheen driving?

  8. markwonder says:

    Marriage is like playing cards. You start off by giving a heart and a diamond and end up wishing for a club and a spade.

  9. PerfectSolution says:

    All in favor of putting these two inside the van and pushing it over a cliff, say “Aye.”

  10. futs says:

    The true test of a brand new bug guard is to see if she makes it through the
    car wash when you arrive in Pleasanton. Maybe next time!!

  11. weezy says:

    next time when i’m going somewhere with my friends and in their car im not calling shotgun, i’m going to call windshields! lmfao!

  12. Jay Cunnington says:

    If he really wanted to kill her, all he had to do was hit the brakes hard. I did that once when I was young with some friends at 20 mph on a flat hood and almost didn’t hang on. On an angled minivan hood? Impossible, I say.

  13. Happy says:

    What a great advertisement for the safety of minivans.

  14. Amy says:

    Here’s my question…
    A married couple in their mid 30’s who own a minivan PROBABLY have kids, so did they just head off on their bizarre hood ride and leave their kids alone at home unsupervised? Hopefully the kids were old enough to safely stay alone or even more hopefully, this couple has not and will not reproduce. Sheesh.

  15. anon says:

    You can delete it if you want to. Part of a sentence is the ‘public humuliation’ that comes from the ‘public records that are pulished in your daily newspaper. You have to admit. This was a fun story.

  16. Peace is a choice says:

    It takes the bigger man to walk away from a fight.
    She obviously was not willing to let the fight be over.
    Now he will have some peace and quiet.
    He will not have to deal with “In your face” verbal violence tactics.
    She can start looking for someone else to fight with. (and make the payments)
    There are always two sides.

  17. Knock Around Guy says:

    I hope he goes to prison and is raped in the butt…over and over and over.

    1. Echo says:

      My guess is you call yourself a Chrisian. You want a man raped and think that is funny? appropriate? You are one sick person who deserves jail more than this guy. Let me guess, youre a cop too.

  18. Mike_88 says:

    One of the first features of a web browser is POP UP BLOCKER. So why does every webpage find a way to bypass this and stick one in your face? Do you sites really have to cram ads down our throat?

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