NC man charged with running over mother-in-law in car

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Christopher James Earnhardt.

SALISBURY, N.C. — A 29-year-old North Carolina man was charged with using his car as a deadly weapon and dragging his mother-in-law down a driveway, WBTV reported.

Christopher James Earnhardt drove to his mother-in-law’s home, where his estranged wife and children were staying, to take them on a fishing trip. His wife did not want to go and the two began to argue.

Earnhardt’s mother-in-law, Carolyn Goodman, came out and approached the car to talk with her grandchildren.  Earnhardt told deputies that Goodman tried to assault him.

According to witnesses, Earnhardt began backing the car down the driveway and a brace Goodman was wearing on her arm got caught on the rear view mirror. Goodman was dragged several feet and at one point the car ran over her right leg and hip.

Witnesses also said Earnhardt pushed down his wife, Sherri Earnhardt, and hit her several times.

Earnhardt is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, common law robbery, larceny, and assault on a female.  He is being held under a $3,000 bond.