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

Christopher James Earnhardt (Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – A man was charged with using his car as a deadly weapon and dragging his mother-in-law down the driveway at her home, according to a report at the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher James Earnhardt, 29, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, common law robbery, larceny, and assault on a female. He is being held under $3000 bond.

Investigators reported that on Saturday, Earnhardt went to the Wyatt Grove Church Road home of his mother-in-law where his estranged wife and children were staying. Earnhardt was going to take his children and wife fishing.

Earnhardt’s wife did not want to go and got into an argument with Earnhardt.

According to the report, 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.

Deputies say they were told by witnesses that Earnhardt began backing the car down the driveway and that 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 told deputies that Earnhardt assaulted his wife Sherri Earnhardt by pushing her down and hitting her several times.

Goodman and Sherri Earnhardt went to the hospital. The Department of Social Services was also notified about the incident.

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