NEW BRITAIN -- A local woman with psychological problems purposely drove her car into the water at A.W. Stanley Quarter Park in an attempt to re-enact a scene from the blockbuster film, "The Passion of the Christ," police said.
An anonymous caller notified New Britain police early Saturday morning after seeing a womandriving a Chevrolet Lumina into the brook at A.W. Stanley Quarter Park. Police said the woman, whose name has not been released, is in her 40s, married, and has children.
"She drove her vehicle partly off the bank. Just the front of the car was in the water," said Sgt. Darren Pearson. "According to the officers on the scene, she told them she was attempting to reenact a scene from the movie, The Passion of the Christ, which she said she had recently seen."
The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation but apparently escaped injury, police said.
Pearson said no charges will be filed.
Although police could not say which specific scene motivated the woman, they believe she was attempting to be baptized.
The movie, produced by actor Mel Gibson, has generated a swarm of controversy. The film, which debuted on Ash Wednesday and is considered to appeal mainly to conservative Christians, depicts a bloody chronicle of Jesus Christs crucifixion. The film has also been accused by some of being anti-Semitic. Some Jewish and Christian leaders have said they feared the film would promote the notion that Jews collectively were responsible for Christs death.
Pearson said that while it is not common for a popular movie to prompt people to attempt to re-enact a scene, it is not unheard of. In 2001, soon after the release of "Fast and the Furious," officers found themselves dealing with several illegal street racing incidents in the area. The movie drew attention to the popular practice of gambling on domestic cars that are rebuilt and stylized for racing.
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