Last week in Venita Park, a 38-year-old woman and her 31-year-old husband were having a difficult time seeing eye to eye. The couple, who have one child together, reportedly began yelling at one another. The situation intensified and allegedly became physical.
The woman walked out of the residence with the purported plan of driving away, but her husband was lying on the hood of the automobile. Despite his allegedly precarious position, she reportedly drove off in the direction of the Interstate with the man still holding onto the car.
After she allegedly drove approximately four and a half miles on I-70 with her husband on the hood. After the woman returned to city roads, and allegedly drove another mile before Officers with the Berkeley Police Department spotted the vehicle. They tried to perform a traffic stop, but the woman reportedly continued driving for another half mile before pulling over.
When the alleged victim was inspected for injuries, the police reported that he “had small fingernail scratches in his beard and redness on the top of his head.”
The woman was taken into custody and booked into the St. Louis County Jail. It is expected she will face charges of felony first-degree domestic assault (first offense), and resisting arrest by fleeing – creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to another person. She is being held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond. If she is found guilty of the charges, she could spend up to 15 years in prison, in addition to owing up to $10,000 in fines.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a domestic violence offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.