Manteca Man To Stand Trial For Driving With Wife On Hood

STOCKTON (CBS / AP) — A judge has ruled that a Central Valley man is competent to stand trial on attempted murder and spousal abuse charges for allegedly speeding with his wife holding on to the hood of his minivan.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos on Tuesday found Christopher Carroll competent following results from a third psychiatric exam. Previously, two other doctors were split on Carroll’s competency.

Authorities say during the incident in late February, Carroll drove at speeds up to 100 mph, with his wife clinging to the minivan’s hood.

Carroll eventually slowed and his wife rolled off. She was not seriously hurt, but after the nearly 40-mile drive from Manteca to Pleasanton, she needed to be treated for hypothermia.

The 36-year-old Carroll has pleaded not guilty, but his plea was not accepted by the judge.

He was ordered to return to court Tuesday.

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  • Richard Boyle

    Not guilty, judge. I don’t know how my wife got there. I can’t understand how psychiatrists can say this man is OK when it’s clear that he’s nuts.

    • Miss Dee

      Being high on meth can make anybody temporarily insane

  • Nelson Tan Bonifacio

    cannot afford Mercedes Benz/ornament he used his wife instead, fail.

  • Betty White

    Pretty funny. Probably why it’s in the news.

  • Biker

    How can a judge “not accept” someones plea?

  • don

    If there is any question regarding competency the judge is obligated not to accept a plea and request competency review.

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