Woman accused of running over her partner with a car because he ate ONE of her chips: ‘I thought she was finished … I shouldn’t have asked for the chip’
- Man claims partner tried to run him down over chip
- He claims after taking a chip she drove at him in car
- Woman claims her foot slipped while making U-turn
A man alleges his girlfriend tried to run him down with her car because he asked for a hot chip, a court heard.
Matthew Finn made the extraordinary claim at the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday where his partner Charlotte Harrison, 42, faced a bail hearing charged with aggravated endangering life and driving in a reckless or dangerous manner.
Mr Finn told the court he made the mistake of asking for and getting a chip from Ms Harrison’s chicken and salad pack while the two were in her Subaru travelling on north Adelaide’s busy Melbourne Street on Sunday afternoon.
‘I shouldn’t have asked for the chip,’ Mr Finn told Nine News outside the court.
‘I had a chip and she’d pulled over and asked me to get out.’
Matthew Finn (pictured right) has accused his partner Charlotte Harrison (pictured left) of trying to run him down because he asked for a hot chip out of her takeaway pack
Ms Harrison denied the allegations in court and claimed she had come to Mr Finn’s aid that day because he’d called her saying he was unwell.
She said she was taking him to hospital but on the way he had assaulted her in the vehicle making her stop to let him out, the court heard.
Ms Harrison’s duty solicitor said she ‘was not intending on harming’ Mr Finn but accidentally hit the accelerator while trying to do a U-turn on her way to notify police, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.
The car eventually crashed into another vehicle driving in the opposite direction.
‘She has seen him run off, she has attempted to do a U-turn to go to the Norwood Police Station,’ her duty solicitor told the court.
‘She has, by mistake, stepped on the accelerator rather than the brake and then hit the pole as described in the CCTV footage.
‘It’s accepted that on viewing the CCTV footage that it might look like there was an attempt to endanger the complainant’s life.’
The duty solicitor told the court Ms Harrison had told him she had allegedly been assaulted by Mr Finn previously and that he was a drug user who had spent time in prison.
Ms Harrison’s Subaru crashed into an oncoming car on Adelaide’s busy Melbourne St shopping strip on Sunday
Ms Harrison (pictured) told court she had picked up Mr Finn to take him to hospital when he assaulted her in the car
Ms Harrison, who sacked her first lawyer and then briefly represented herself before calling on the duty solicitor, told the court she should be released on bail because she ‘complied with police’ and ‘did not flee the scene of the accident’.
Magistrate Ben Sale said he was concerned Ms Harrison was a ‘flight risk’ and that the description of the CCTV of the incident provided by police was ‘concerning’.
Magistrate Sale ordered a home detention bail inquiry report and said he was likely to release her under those orders depending on the report.
Prosecutors are yet to make their allegations.
Ms Harrison will conclude her bail application in the court on Friday.