A Man Stole, Crashed and Fled a Car in East Dallas Today, with a Passenger Riding Shotgun

A Dallas woman's day got off to a terrible start around 7 this morning, when a man jumped into the driver's side of the parked car she was sitting in and demanded money from her. Things devolved from there.

Police say the woman was sitting in the passenger's seat of the running vehicle outside of a 7-Eleven at Oates Drive and Ferguson Road in East Dallas, waiting for her family members who were inside. The suspect, whose name wasn't released, entered the car and demanded money from her. She refused. So he drove her from the scene, continuing to demand money.

A struggle ensued, police said, during which the carjacker drove "erratically." He also displayed some kind of weapon, but didn't use it. Eventually the carjacker hit a pole on Healey Drive, then a parked trailer. To complete the trifecta, he hit a pole in the parking lot of 2900 Centerville Road, then jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

According to this report from WFAA, the carjacker was discovered a short while later hiding in a dumpster behind a nearby gas station, where he was promptly arrested.

Police say the woman sustained minor injuries during the struggle and was treated and released on the scene by Dallas Fire and Rescue. At least she can feel reasonably certain that her day can only improve from here.

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