Tallahassee Man Pushes Wife Out of Vehicle, Gets Prison Time

UPDATED 6.20.2012 by Julie Montanaro

James Lewis was sentenced today to three years in prison and another 18 months on probation.

He's accused of pushing his wife out of their moving car right in the middle of Midtown in June 2011. She wound up with broken bones and internal injuries.

Lewis entered a plea to drunk driving and battery charges earlier this month.

Court records show that once Lewis is released from prison, he'll have to undergo weekly alcohol screenings, his license will be suspended for three years and once he does get his license back, his car must have an interlock ignition device on it for a year.

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UPDATED 6.13.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man accused of pushing his wife out of a moving car will soon be headed to prison for it.

James Lewis entered a plea to drunk driving and felony battery charges late last week.

He's accused of pushing his wife out of their moving car right in the middle of Midtown in June 2011.

Lewis will be formally sentenced next week to three years in prison and another 18 months on probation.

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UPDATED 6.21.2011 by Julie Montanaro 5:45pm

A Tallahassee man accused of pushing his wife out of a moving car is in jail on a $35,000 bond.

Those who saw it happen - and those who saw the aftermath - still can't believe it.

"At first, it was like, oh, some girl got hit by a car or on her bicycle," Ryan Goreau recalled.

Ryan Goreau was working at the Midtown Filling Station when police cars swarmed Thomasville Road Saturday night. He walked down the block to see what happened.

"I mean the ambulance took off pretty much immediately. It was pretty intense," Goreau said.

24 year old James Lewis told police he and his wife Amanda had been arguing. He claims she was cheating on him and said he opened the door for her to get out.

Police say he pushed her out .

Ricardo Voltaire was a passenger in the car behind the Lewis' that night. He was in town to drop off his cousin at FSU. We talked to him on the phone at his home in Palm Bay. He says he saw the woman's legs sticking out of the car. She was trying to get back in, he said, and then the driver hit the gas. The man came back, Voltaire said, and dragged her to the curb by her arm.

"There were cop cars everywhere and we saw this girl just laying in the middle of the street and she wasn't moving," Leslie Connell said.

Leslie Connell was on her way to the Filling Station that night. She was shocked by what she saw and shocked when we told her the woman was not a pedestrian.

"Now that I know what it actually was, it's just awful. It's scary that something like that could actually happen."

We have not been able to get a condition update on Lewis's wife Amanda. Police reports show her injuries are extensive ... broken bones in her neck as well as a lacerated liver, kidney and spleen.

Lewis is charged with attempted murder. A judge set his bond at $35,000. He ordered Lewis to wear a GPS monitor once he's released and stay at least 500 feet away from his wife. He will be allowed only supervised visits with his children.

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UPDATE 06-20-2011 by Jerry Askin at 6:50pm

Tallahassee Police say 24-year old James Lewis pushed his 23-year old wife Amanda from the vehicle after an argument.

It happened late Saturday night on Thomasville Road.

The woman was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries including broken bones and collapsed lungs. Lewis is charged with domestic battery and felony battery.
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The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating an accident on Thomasville Road near Midtown near Sixth Avenue.

They're releasing minimal details at this time.

TPD says the accident involved a vehicle and pedestrian.

They have confirmed injuries.

We will bring you more details as it becomes available.


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