Anna Sabol’s three dogs started barking wildly.
“I looked out the window and noticed the police out there and then I saw the car going backwards in a circle,” she said. “There was a dog in there the whole time.”
Maybe her dogs were warning the canine car thief about the cops or maybe they were just cheering on the big black dog that was inside a 2003 silver Mercury Sable running circles around the 2600 block of Southwest Edith Court in Port St. Lucie.
“It was going on for about an hour,” said Sabol, who lives on Chestnut Lane across from the cul-de-sac. “It was turning and turning and turning in a perfect circle.”
The dizzying drama began about 8 a.m. Thursday.
The car’s owner made a wrong turn and got out to check on something he saw on the street and left the car running. His dog “Max” hit the stick shift and put the car in reverse. As it started looping around the roadway, the door closed and locked, police said.
“Then, the car went backwards, straight up on somebody’s lawn and the cops stopped it,” Sabol said.
The car was slowed by the incline of the lawn and the mailbox it hit,” she said.
But the car was still locked and running with the dog inside, so police tried to use the owner’s spare key fob to unlock the car door but the battery was dead. Then, officers entered a code on a key pad located on the driver side door and it opened.
“It was a pretty funny little situation,” she said. “It made my day, obviously.”
Sabol recorded video of the event on her cellphone.
“They should give that dog a [driver’s] license,” she added. “He drives better than some people I’ve seen on the roads here.”
Max was in good health, police said. No comment could be discerned.
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