In an unusual court case, a man accused his partner of trying to mow him down with her Subaru because he took "one of her chips."
Chicken and chips are everybody's favorite. Chips especially have a soft corner in our hearts. But, how likely is it that your partner asks for a chip and you share it? Well, a man named Matthew Finn had no idea asking for a chip could nearly cost him his life.
Finn alleges his girlfriend, Charlotte Harrison, tried to run him down with her car because he asked for a hot chip. Say what?
According to Daily Mail, on February 27, 2023, Finn claimed at the Adelaide Magistrates Court that Harrison was infuriated that he took "one of her chips" out of her snack pack. Bizarre. "I shouldn't have asked for the chip," Finn told Nine News outside the court. "I thought she was finished. I had a chip and she'd pulled over and asked me to get out."
Harrison has since been charged with aggravated endangering life and driving recklessly. The couple was together in Harrison's Subaru traveling on north Adelaide's busy Melbourne Street at the time of the alleged altercation.
Harrison has denied the allegations against her and instead claimed that Finn informed her that he was unwell, so she had driven out to find her boyfriend on Melbourne Street in Adelaide's north. Her court-appointed solicitor also stated that Harrison did not intend to harm Finn. She planned to head to the police station and accidentally hit the accelerator and collided with oncoming traffic while trying to take a U-turn.
A woman attempted to mow down her partner with her car after he made the mistake of asking for one of her chips from a chicken pack, the alleged victim claims. #theAdvertiser https://t.co/uczl9NTZFP pic.twitter.com/GE3XKiCgUt— The Advertiser (@theTiser) February 27, 2023
"She has seen him run off and has attempted to do a U-turn to go to the Norwood Police Station," her solicitor informed. "She has, by mistake, stepped on the accelerator rather than the brake and then hit the pole as described in the CCTV footage." Denying the allegations made against her client, he added, "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 story gets interesting as Harrison turned the tables on Finn. She told the court that previously in their relationship, she has been subjected to assault by the hands of Finn—who was a drug addict and had been in prison too. She also briefly presented her case where she appealed to the court to release her on bail because she "complied with police" and did not flee the scene of the accident.
However, Finn firmly believes she tried to harm him. Recalling the accident, he said, "Straight into a Toyota Yaris, and yeah, the poor girl, she'd be shocked for life. That was the worst part. I just jumped straight over - it wasn't much of a jump - straight over into a bit of a lane there, and she just impaled the Subaru."
A woman has faced court accused of trying to mow down her boyfriend in front of shoppers on a busy North Adelaide street.— 9News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) February 27, 2023
He says the car came straight at him, but the accused woman has told a court it was all an accident and not as it appears. @ExcellBeth #9News pic.twitter.com/o4lo08PKke