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Brian Thomas hits wife with hammer; she escapes by driving car through garage door, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 30 2013 03:36:42 PM CDT
UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. -

A man beat his wife and hit her in the leg with a hammer, and she drove her car through a garage door to escape further injury, officials said.

Brian K. Thomas hit his wife just above the right ankle after throwing the hammer at her while he was trying to repair a garage door he had kicked and knocked off its hinges around 5:45 p.m. Monday at their home in the 1700 block of Potomac Street in Upper Mount Bethel Twp., Northampton Co., officials said.

Earlier, as they returned to the garage following a trip to a lawyer's office, Thomas elbowed his wife in the face and cut her lip, and when she tried leave after Thomas got out of the car and took keys, he came back into the garage, punched her in the face twice and began choking her, officials said.

Thomas also threw his wife on the garage floor, then grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back onto her feet, officials said.

Thomas terrorized his wife while they were driving home on Ridge Road from the attorney's office, after becoming upset about recent charges filed against him by Bangor Area School District police and his wife's request that he sign over the deed to their house to her, officials said.

Thomas began screaming at his wife, threatened to kill them both and narrowly missed hitting a large boulder on the side of the road, after swerving toward it, officials said.

Thomas, 47, was arraigned early Tuesday morning on charges of making terroristic threats, assault, reckless endangerment and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. May 14.