Man arrested after waking from coma


Wednesday, October 13, 2004 Posted: 9:22 AM EDT (1322 GMT)

(Reuters) -- A Nevada man who recently emerged from a two-month coma was arrested after regaining consciousness and is now recovering in a county jail medical facility, officials said on Monday.

Richard Martin, 37, of Fernley, Nevada, was arrested last week on attempted murder and kidnapping charges after police alleged he deliberately crashed his car with his wife on board, police in Washoe County, Nevada, said.

"When he regained consciousness the folks at the Washoe Medical Center gave us a heads-up and then that's when he was arrested," said Kim Evans, spokeswoman of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Martin fell into a coma after the July 30 crash, but his wife Teresa who survived the incident told investigators she had been forced into the car.

"She made several comments, 'He's trying to kill me, he's trying to kill me,"' said Chuck Allen, spokesman for the Nevada Highway Patrol.