DOCUMENT: Florida, Crime

Cops: Man Drove Six Miles With Wife Atop Car

Floridian claimed not to know spouse was on roof

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Wife On Car Roof

MARCH 29--In what may be a new record for driving with a spouse clinging to the roof of a car, a Florida man was arrested last week after traveling six miles with his wife atop his vehicle, cops say.

According to investigators, Richard Addy, 69, and his wife Elizabeth argued early Tuesday morning after they had consumed “several drinks over the course of the night” at a pair of bars. Richard told cops that he eventually decided to “leave the scene” without his 50-year-old spouse.

Addy said that he drove away in a 2011 Toyota Sequoia, but “did not realize that his wife was on the roof of the vehicle.” It was only when he stopped at a traffic light that he “heard her banging on the roof and realized that she was there.”

However, instead of stopping, Addy drove on, he claimed, because he “did not have a cell phone to call the police.” Addy said that he went by the county courthouse in the hope of finding a “police presence,” but when he spotted no officers, he continued driving.

Addy finally came to a halt when Officer Christopher Ruediger of the Stuart Police Department spotted Elizabeth atop the auto and pulled the car over. Elizabeth, the cop noted, “was yelling for help and waving her hands at me.” The vehicle was stopped at an intersection six miles from where Addy began his trip.

After Ruediger helped her down, Elizabeth said that she was “banging on the roof and screaming for help the entire time.” The report, however, does not reveal why Elizabeth climbed atop the auto in the first place.

While Ruediger noted detecting “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from Addy’s breath, Addy was only arrested for reckless driving, a misdemeanor, and permitting a passenger to ride on the exterior of a vehicle. The reckless driving citation issued by Ruediger noted that, “Wife riding on roof for several miles.”

Addy yesterday pleaded not guilty to both charges. (2 pages)