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Did man crash in bid to kill wife, kid?

Police: Suspect drove into pole after heated argument

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Did man crash in bid to kill wife, kid?

A 24-year-old Ripon man, David Allen Goulet, allegedly rammed his car into a utility pole on Hammett Road Monday attempting to kill his wife and child.

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POSTED October 3, 2012 1:12 a.m.

RIPON — A 24-year-old Ripon man was apprehended by officers for allegedly attempting to kill his wife and 4-year-old daughter by ramming a vehicle he was driving into a rural utility pole on Hammet Road shortly before noon Monday following a heated domestic argument,.

Ripon Police said David Allen Goulet and his wife had been in a dispute in the 500 block of Stockton Avenue north of Ripon’s downtown.  During the argument Goulet allegedly took the child advising the mother he was leaving.  Fearing for the safety of the child, the mother jumped in the vehicle as Goulet was driving off. He reportedly continued arguing with the woman – allegedly saying he was going to take all of their lives – and then driving into the utility pole.

While the officers were still on the scene of the dispute, investigating the incident and unaware of the suspect’s direction of travel, the Ripon police dispatcher received a report that the couple had been involved in a collision on Hammet Road near the Salida exit of Highway 99 in Stanislaus County.

Ripon officers responded to the area about two miles away, hoping to find the vehicle.  A further update advised officers that the child was not breathing and the CHP and paramedics were dispatched to the scene.

The vehicle was located on Hammett Road south of the Highway 99 overcrossing.  Officers were advised the male suspect, who had been driving the vehicle, had fled the area on foot.  Ripon First Sergeant Steve Merchant said the suspect allegedly drove the car into the utility pole intentionally to end his dispute with the mother.

Ripon patrolmen and detectives converged on the area to search for the suspect.  Another 911 call made to their dispatch center advised them that their suspect had been seen running away from the scene on Highway 99.  Ripon Officer Erik Boger located the suspect on Parallel Avenue in Ripon – a nearby frontage Road next to Highway 99 where he was taken into custody without incident.

The child had her breath taken away temporarily because of an activated airbag into her face.  Both mother and child received minor injuries, officers said.  The mother was quoted as saying when she realized the child was not belted in, she barely had time to snap the belt before they hit the pole.

Goulet has been charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor in the series of events Monday.  They include attempted voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, cruelty to a child like to cause great bodily injury and for driving with a suspended license. 

Goulet is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp in lieu of $426,075 bail and scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 today.

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