Matthew Notebaert was speeding, nude from the waist down while drunk and stoned, with his half naked wife on his lap, when the car he was driving crashed into a canal, killing his partner.
Deputies say the impact killed 31-year-old Amanda Notebaert and seriously injured her 30-year-old husband.
Notebaert, who was visibly crying, made his first appearance in court on a host of charges Thursday morning.
The couple, from Florida, have two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 7-month old girl.
The arrest affidavit says that Notebaert was driving at 55mph down a dirt road, which has a 30mph speed limit and ends in a canal.
Investigators determined the car steered slightly to the right before launching over the water without braking.
The car was airborne for 30 feet, crashing into the far bank of the canal.
Neither of the occupants were wearing seatbelts and both were naked from the waist down, according to the affidavit.
Amanda Notebaert’s head hit the dashboard and windshield, while Matthew Notebaert’s knees were crushed by the lower part of the dashboard. She died at the scene.
Investigators say Notebaert smelled strongly of alcohol and was vomiting in the hospital.
He was also overheard telling someone that he “was not paying attention and drove down the wrong road and they wound up in a canal and killed his wife.”
A flask full of whiskey was found in the car, Notebar’s blood alcohol was far above the legal limit and he also tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.
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