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Prosecutor: Wife takes hubby for ride on hood

A Minnesota woman drove for half a mile with her husband on the hood of her car and her 9-year-old child in the front passenger seat, authorities said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Farmington woman drove for half a mile with her husband on the hood of her car and her 9-year-old child in the front passenger seat, prosecutors said.

The Dakota County Attorney's office filed a felony criminal complaint this week charging Jill Ann Miller-Cooper, 34, with two counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm and one count of child endangerment.

Miller-Cooper is accused of hitting her husband on Aug. 15 in the parking lot of the restaurant he owns. The complaint said the impact tossed Randall Cooper onto the car's hood and Miller-Cooper drove off. She eventually stopped and her husband fell off the car, then she drove away, the complaint said.

Miller-Cooper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, however, that her husband climbed on the car while it was parked.

"He was very threatening, and I wanted to leave," she said. "I stopped two times. He put his leg down, and I slammed on the brakes. ... It's been an ugly situation."

Cooper suffered a fractured knee.