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Cops: Woman drives car into husband, house


February 20. 2013 12:33AM
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WILKES-BARRE – A husband who police said was romantically involved with another woman suffered a leg injury when his wife allegedly struck him with her vehicle on Hanover Street.


Cheryl Hauk alleged Lisa Eckert, 42, drove around her, gunned it and struck Jerry Eckert on the sidewalk.


The vehicle then struck a natural gas line and front porches at 126 and 128 Hanover St. on Monday night, police said.


Eckert, of Mountain Top, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.


She was released after posting $100,000 bail after she was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.


According to the criminal complaint: Hauk told police she turned her vehicle onto Hanover Street to pick up Jerry Eckert when Lisa Eckert, driving a Hyundai, drove around her, jumped the curb and struck Jerry Eckert at about 6 p.m. Monday.


The vehicle then struck a natural gas line and front porches, causing significant damage at the properties, the complaint says.


Police said Hauk told them she did not see the brake lights on Lisa Eckert's vehicle. Hauk also told police she is romantically involved with Jerry Eckert and said Eckert and his wife were having marital problems.


Police found Lisa and Jerry Eckert on the sidewalk holding hands. Lisa Eckert told police she did not intentionally strike her husband but acknowledged to driving erratically, according to the complaint.


Lisa Eckert said she wanted to confront her husband. Jerry Eckert was transported to a hospital for a leg injury, police said.


Police said the crash resulted in a natural gas leak in the area that caused utility crews and city firefighters to forcibly enter 126 Hanover St. to turn off the gas line.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 8.




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