Man who drove 100 mph with wife on minivan hood pleads not guilty


Christopher Michael Carroll, the Manteca man accused of hitting speeds of 100 miles an hour with his wife on the hood of their minivan until they reached Pleasanton, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and spousal abuse on Tuesday.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos also found Carroll to be mentally competent to stand trial based on the result of a third psychiatric exam, according to reports. Vlavianos ordered the third exam after two doctors gave differing opinions on Carroll's mental state.

Carroll, 36, was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon after the Feb. 26 incident left his wife with hypothermia and discolored hands. Manteca Police Spokesman Rex Osborn said Carroll's wife had tried to stop him from leaving their home after an argument about Carroll's drug use.

"Friday night before midnight, they're still arguing about his drug use. He demands the keys to the family van ... He assaults her," Osborn said. "She jumps on the front of it. She grabs hold of the wipers. She's actually flung from facing the windshield to his right. She ended up wedged between the antenna and the passenger side window."

Osborn said the woman, whose pants may have become caught in something on the van, clung to a windshield wiper and the wheel well as the minivan wound through Manteca city streets, where police received their first report of the incident.

A 911 caller reported an accident between a pedestrian and a car, but when police arrived, no one was there. Meanwhile, Carroll -- his wife still holding on -- made his way onto Interstate 5 and California Highway 132 and across the Altamont Pass on Interstate 580, where he pulled off onto the Tassajara Road exit in Pleasanton.

At his arraignment on March 3, Carroll demanded a speedy trial and to represent himself before turning to the judge to say, "I'm guilty." The court wouldn't accept the plea because Carroll hadn't been told of the potential penalties involved.

Carroll, who is now represented by attorney Mary Ann Bird, is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp. He will return to the Stockton courthouse on Tuesday, April 26, to determine a date for his preliminary hearing.

Glenn Wohltmann contributed to this story.


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Posted by Willoughby
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

I'm not sure which of these two is dumber--the man driving with his wife on the car, or the wife for jumping on the windshield for the ride. They deserve each other. Their sentence: they they should be chained together and forced to remain married. And their vehicles should be impounded so they are not a danger to the rest of us!

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Posted by pleasanton resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Unbelieve how stupid some people can be, I think they should both be locked up, and kept off our streets.

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Posted by astonished
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I'm so happy to see that the residents of Pleasanton are so compassionate.

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

"I'm Guilty" before any charges; this guy really wants to get away from his wife; even with a 15 year sentence. wow. He should have just called the cops that night for false imprisonment when she did not want him to leave. Then she would be the one in jail; either way, he got his wish. Good Luck to him. And yes, mentally, he is not all there, this is a crazy trial, where will it be, I might take a day off to be there in court.

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Posted by Mr. Geeneeyus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

We Pleasantonians are compassionate and concerned about all the rational, sane, well intentioned & responsible citizens of our nearby corner of the globe. We are neither tolerant nor obliging towards the foolish, ignorant, drug addicted or in this case all of the above persons who see no problem with endangering our town, citizens and families in our community.

Darwin didn't get them this time but stupidity like that is only bound to get one or both of that couple in the news again someday.

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