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Man taken for ride as wife attempts to leave with car

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Officers arrested a woman
for taking a car for a spin with her husband clinging to the hood, Decatur police said Friday.

The incident began at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at the couple's Fairway Circle Southeast residence.

The husband told police that his wife had taken his keys, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

"He thought she was about to leave, so he jumped on the hood of the car to try and stop her. But she did leave — with him on the hood of the car," Mathews said.

She drove to the Waffle House at Sixth Avenue and Fairway Drive Southeast and turned into the parking lot in an attempt to get him off the car, Mathews said.

Two police officers heading south on Sixth Avenue saw the car leaving Waffle House and heading back east on Fairway Drive, with the man still hanging onto the hood, Mathews said.

"Needless to say, that attracted the officers' attentions," he said.

Police caught up to the car and stopped it on Fairway Circle, where the husband finally slid off the hood to relate the story to police.

His wife faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment stemming from the incident.

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