A couple’s Fourth of July ice cream outing took a strange twist Thursday when a man stole their car outside a popular Atlanta restaurant and drove toward oncoming traffic with the woman and her dog still inside.
The incident occurred at the Zesto on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, authorities said.
The woman told Channel 2 Action News that she went inside with her boyfriend to grab ice cream cones. They locked the doors but left the BMW running with the air conditioner on because their puppy was still inside.
That’s when they noticed a man smash the window with a screwdriver and hop behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, when they ran to the car to stop him, the key fob engaged, allowing the thief to put the car in drive.
Desperate to save her puppy Milly, the woman told the news station she then jumped into the car as the would-be thief drove off.
“He started to drive away while I was half in, half out of the car,” said the woman, who punched and clawed at the man as he drove on the wrong side of Piedmont Road. “I was not letting anything happen to that dog ... He was like ‘you get out of the car’ and I was like, ‘No, you get out of the car’ and I just started grabbing his collar and hitting him as hard as I could.”
The ordeal ended when the man crashed into another car, jumped out and ran, authorities said. Police are still searching for him, according to Channel 2.
The driver in the other car was injured, but no other information was available.
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