A Wrightsville-area man tried to push his wife out of their moving car minutes after leaving his mother-in-law's Shrewsbury Township home, police allege.

As Chad J. Snell was trying to push Brady Lynne Sweitzer out of his moving car, he yelled, "If you want to be with your mom so much, you can get out," according to his arrest affidavit.

Sweitzer, 33, managed to remain in the moving car and called for help after convincing her husband to stop, state police said.

Snell told The York Dispatch he didn't try to push his estranged wife out of the car, and that she made up the allegation to get him in trouble.

According to Snell, he and Sweitzer separated several months back, recently got back together, but are now separated for good.

Snell, 24, of 495 Bull Run Road in Lower Windsor Township, is free on $5,000 unsecured bail, charged with simple assault and harassment.

State police said the assault happened about 11 p.m. Saturday as they were leaving the home of Sweitzer's mother in the 4000 block of Manchester Street.

'Get out': Snell pulled out of the driveway and headed east on Manchester Street while yelling at Sweitzer, according to the affidavit.

He then leaned over, opened the passenger door and made the comment about Sweitzer getting out to be with her mother, the affidavit alleges.

Snell began pushing Sweitzer, who held onto the car's gear shift to avoid falling out of the moving vehicle, police said.


At some point, Snell stopped pushing Sweitzer, who told troopers she was then able to close the car door, police said.

Pit stop: Sweitzer said she was afraid for her life, and convinced Snell to drive her to a Red Lion-area convenience store by telling him she needed to use the bathroom, the affidavit states.

Once there, Sweitzer called her mother and Snell left the scene, police said.

Troopers were called to Sweitzer's mother's home on Monday, which is when the complaint was made against Snell, the affidavit states.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.