A California woman was forced to jump from a speeding van, because her husband was driving towards a cliff in order to escape from police.
Malibu cops say that Michael Kheop, 44, started to flee in the stolen van at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday during a traffic stop. His wife Meru was in the passenger seat. and she told CBS2 that she wanted him to surrender and assured him that everything would be all right.
But Kheop wanted to get away and allegedly turned toward a 200-foot cliff.
“I said … ‘Get out of the car, we can handle this,'” Meru Kheop told the station. “He said, ‘Get out,’ and I opened the door, and then that’s when the car turned.”
“I jumped when it was about to go down,” she added.
She made it just in time. Her spouse cascaded down the grassy cliff, but miraculously survived. He eluded cops a second time by allegedly hiding in the brush.
The van was smashed, KTLA reported.
Cops searched for him for five hours. He had escaped — until Meru Kheop heard a knock at her window that evening. It was Michael, but Meru didn’t let him in. She called police who arrested him without incident.
Police charged him with attempted murder for endangering his wife and car theft. His bail was set at $100,000.
Comments from “Alice”: These folks live(d) in my apartment building. While none of us saw this coming, we all saw some very strange issues going on. … Let me also add that she DID NOT call the police. That was another person on the property. When the police were here, they asked around for who’d called it in. … He didn’t jump out. He got out when the van reached the canyon floor. … Big time yikes. We watched this guy get arrested through our kitchen window. There were 6 of them living in that apartment. The police had been out before on a domestic call. They were fight in front of their 4 children. Just awful. We’re happy to see the last of them.
Did they once work as stuntmen?