A suspected thief who police say attempted to steal an idling car in Texas was likely unaware that someone was sitting inside the vehicle — and that person wasn't just an average joe.
"He was warming up the vehicle prior to leaving for work," Haltom City police spokesman Joe Hackfield said in a statement, according to KXAX-TV.
Inside the vehicle was a detective who was sitting in his car at about 5:15 a.m. when a black Mustang approached and dropped an individual off.
The suspected would-be car thief walked up to the vehicle and, unable to see through the frosted windows, opened the door, KXAS reported.
"So when he opens the door, I say, 'Police, show me your hands!'" the detective recounted to KXAS.
The suspect immediately took off running, but the detective wasn't about to let the alleged car thief's get away.
The officer called for backup and followed the Mustang until a patrol car located them. The driver led police on a six-mile chase, but was eventually taken into custody.
The man who was dropped off and opened the door, however, is still at large.
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