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Warrants: Wife rammed car into house, attacked husband

Posted March 8, 2011 1:39 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2011 2:36 p.m. EST

— A Wake County woman has been charged with attempted murder after authorities said she slammed her car into the house where her estranged husband was staying and chased him with a knife, according to search warrants released Tuesday.

Joseph King called 911 at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday to report that his wife, Briana Rhea King, was attacking him, the warrants state. Deputies then went to 5708 Castlebrook Drive and found a gray Mercedes that had been driven through the side of the brick house.

Joseph King later told deputies that the incident began less than a mile away at Briana King's house, at 6400 Castlebrook Drive, according to the search warrants. He said his wife tried to stab him with a butcher knife during an argument in the garage of that house, and after he got the knife away from her, he said she hit him over the head with a bottle of wine.

The fight continued as Joseph King got control of the wine bottle and poured the wine on his wife's face, he told deputies.

Joseph King left his wife's house and went home to 5708 Castlebrook Drive, and she followed him in her car, he told deputies. He said he refused to answer the door when she rang the bell, and a few minutes later, her Mercedes crashed through the wall of his bedroom, the warrants state.

Briana King then broke out the remaining glass to a bedroom window and climbed into the house and began to chase her husband with a butcher knife, according to the warrants. Joseph King said he fled the house and called for help.

Deputies seized a bloody knife from the Mercedes and a second butcher knife and a wine bottle from the front yard of 6400 Castlebrook Drive, among other items, according to the search warrants.

Briana King, 50, also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary, injury to real property and domestic criminal trespassing.