February 24, 2009

Man unhurt by ride on car hood

A Georgia man said he was unharmed after a wild ride on the hood of a car he had attempted to block from leaving the scene of a collision.

Eric Hefton, 36, said he was heading home with his wife and 10-year-old son when he spotted an elderly man chasing a Nissan Altima in the parking lot of a gas station in Lawrenceville, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Hefton said he got out of his family car and stood in front of the Altima at a red light outside of the gas station and the elderly man, Richard Januszewski, told him that the woman driving the Altima had side-swiped his car in the parking lot.

Hefton said the woman inched her car forward while he and Januszewski were standing in front of it and eventually sped off, flinging Hefton onto the windshield.

He said the woman attempted to shake him off by braking, swerving and accelerating quickly, but he held on until the woman rear-ended another vehicle and came to a stop about a quarter of a mile from the gas station. Hefton said he was miraculously unhurt after the ordeal.

The woman, identified as Jennifer Joy Griffin, told police she had taken anti-anxiety medication Xanax and anti-psychotic drug Seroquel prior to the incident. She was charged with aggravated assault, hit and run, reckless driving and driving under the influence.