Chelsea Gaudin / Eyewitness News

COVINGTON, La. - A man was arrested after breaking into his estranged wife's house and attempting to drag her outside into her car and drive away, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

On Sunday around 9:10 p.m., a 911 call was made by children stating that their father jumped through a window and was dragging their mother by the hair, said the sheriff's office.

Joel E. Chew, 38, jumped through his wife's bedroom window, battered her and dragged her through the house and into the passenger side of her car.

She managed to escape when Chew walked around to the driver's side. He tried to catch her but on second thought got into the car and drove off at a high rate of speed, deputies said.

By the time deputies arrived, Chew was gone but his estranged wife, who had a protective order against him, provided a possible location he may have fled.

The protective order barred him from contact with his wife and the residence.

Chew was found in Abita Springs with injuries due to jumping through the window and was brought to the hospital.

Although he was uncooperative and provided no statement, deputies booked him with home invasion committed with persons under 12 present, domestic abuse battery / child endangerment, and violation of protective order.

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