Milwaukee, WI - Melissa Smith shared video which captured the moment that she stopped a carjacking by jumping on the hood of her car. Once the ferocious car-owner scared off the thief, she was forced to jump into her moving car before it hit other cars in the road (video below.)
On Tuesday at around 2:00 PM, Melissa Smith stopped to refuel her SUV at a gas station on St. Paul Ave. While she was pumping gas, another car pulled up and a black-clad thief jumped into the driver's seat.
Smith reacted like any other completely rational and definitely not somewhat-crazy person; she jumped on the hood of her car.
"I had this 'this is not happening to me reaction' and ran around, jumped around on my car, grabbed my windshield wipers, and didn't let go," Smith told Fox6Now.
"They laughed at me. The kid in my car laughed at me while I was on my car and tried moving and throwing me off, and I screamed bloody murder, and I didn't get off," Smith said.
Despite the thief slamming on the brakes to try to dump her off, the feisty car owner held on.
The thief apparently had enough, and decided to abandon the car. However, he did grab her purse, cell phone, and wallet before fleeing the vehicle while it was still in drive.
Thankfully, Melissa Smith was able to jump into her moving vehicle before it struck other vehicles in traffic.
"I don't think it's sunken in how really bad that could have been. I know it's not the right decision but it was gut instinct. You have a split second to think about what you're going to do. That was my gut reaction," Smith said.
"It's not cool. It's not going to make you successful. It's not going to make you good honest money. It's going to get you into big trouble one day," Smith said. "I'm glad people are seeing (the video) and know this can happen to anybody. Anywhere. I did not expect that to happen at 2:00 in the afternoon," Smith said.
You can see the video of the incident below: